Cubs manager Joe Maddon toyed with a closer committee at times last season, but Hector Rondon emerged as his go-to pitcher for saves. With a 1.67 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and a 30-for-34 conversion rate, Rondon didn't do anything to deserve a timeshare in the closer's role. He's not a strikeout fiend in the mold of Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel, or a ground ball machine like Zach Britton, but Rondon does everything just well enough to succeed as a closer. Maddon's fondness for tinkering is probably the biggest impediment in the way of Rondon improving his Fantasy value. He is still a strong candidate to be a No. 2 reliever in mixed leagues.
Rondon and the Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.2 million deal Monday, avoiding arbitration, the Chicago Tribune reports. As expected, the two sides were able to avoid arbitration, and Rondon will return on a much more lucrative deal after earning just $544,000 last season. Barring injury or an unforeseen performance drop-off, Rondon will be the Cubs' closer in 2016.
Cubs closer Hector Rondon recorded his 30th save of the season Saturday, striking out one over a scoreless inning in a 1-0 win over the Brewers. Rondon hasn't looked back since reclaiming the closer's role in late July, converting 18 of 19 save opportunities since July 29. Posting excellent peripherals across the board -- including a 1.67 ERA -- Rondon has been an asset for fantasy owners this season.
Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (6-4) picked up a win Wednesday, allowing just one hit while striking out a batter across two scoreless innings in a 3-2 win over the Pirates. Rondon continues his fantastic season for the Cubs, as this outing lowered his ERA to 1.64. The closer had allowed five runs over his previous five outings, so it was nice to see a lengthy bounce-back here. The 33-pitch outing marks his longest of the season and that alone would make you believe that he might not be available for Thursday's game against these Pirates.
Cubs closer Hector Rondon worked a rather easy save in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies. With the Cubs leading by four, Fernando Rodney started the ninth inning by letting the first two men to reach safely. So, with the tying run in the on-deck circle, manager Joe Maddon summoned his stopper. Rondon struck out the first to men he faced and then got a game-ending groundball to close out the 7-3 win. Rondon earned his 28th save of the season, needing just 11 pitches to retire his three batters.
Cubs closer Hector Rondon bounced back from a rough outing his last time, to pick up his 26th save of the season on Saturday. Rondon closed out Jake Arrieta's gem over the Diamondbacks, as the Cubs picked up the 2-0 victory. Rondon allowed a pair of hits, but needed just 10 pitches to record a scoreless ninth inning. Rondon has converted each of his last seven save opportunities.