Rondon's contract option was declined by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Rondon struggled in his first season with the Diamondbacks, as he posted a 7.65 ERA and 1.80 WHIP over 20 innings across 23 relief appearances during the abbreviated 2020 campaign. The right-hander has worked as a late-inning reliever throughout his career, but he may have to settle for a lower-leverage role entering his age-33 season.
Rondon allowed one hit over one scoreless inning in Friday's 6-3 win over the Astros. Rondon, who picked up his fourth hold in his last six outings, has turned around a dismal start and slowly trimmed an ERA that was over 10.00 as recently as Aug. 25. In his last nine appearances, the right-handed reliever's given up one run over 8.2 innings (1.04 ERA) while striking out 12. Rondon is now pitching high-leverage assignments and has his ERA down to 6.50.
Rondon allowed three runs on two hits while striking out one over one inning in Sunday's 6-1 loss to San Francisco. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has yet to find the right combination of relievers to handle high-leverage innings or get games to closer Archie Bradley, and that issue came up again in this series sweep at the hands of the Giants. A day after Matt Grace let a tied game get out of hand in the eighth inning, Rondon let a one-run game escalate by surrendering a three-run homer to Alex Dickerson in the seventh inning. Rondon has allowed runs in seven of his 12 outings this year; on the whole, the one-time setup man has given up 12 runs, four home runs and six walks over 9.1 innings.
Rondon allowed one run on one hit while striking out one and recorded his first hold in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Padres. Rondon entered in the eighth inning with two runs of insurance and gave up one of them on a Fernando Tatis solo home run. The right-handed reliever was signed by the Diamondbacks in the offseason to be part of the setup crew, but Rondon has not delivered in 2020. He's allowed runs in four of six outings, surrendering three home runs over 4.1 innings.
Rondon allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Rangers. Rondon and Andrew Chafin before him combined to give up five runs, the fifth time this season Arizona pitching surrendered at least three runs in an inning. Rondon is expected to be part of the setup crew, but in two appearances, he's failed twice in the late innings. He's given up four runs on four hits (one HR) and four walks over one inning.
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