June 23, 2021

Hector Rondon, Diamondbacks reach 1-year, $3 million deal (ESPN)


PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $3 million, one-year deal with relief pitcher Hector Rondon, adding more depth to the back of their bullpen.

The team announced the deal on Thursday. Rondon gets a $2.5 million salary next season and the deal includes a team option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. He could potentially get a base salary of $4 million in 2021 which could escalate to $5 million depending on how many games he finished on the mound.

The 31-year-old right-hander is a seven-year veteran who helped the Chicago Cubs win the World Series in 2016. He pitched last season for Houston and had a 3.71 ERA over 62 appearances, including one start, as the Astros advanced to the World Series before losing to Washington.

The Diamondbacks finished with an 85-77 record last year and Rondon said he’s excited to join a team that he believes is on the rise.

“Last year, they were really close to going to the playoffs,” Rondon said. “And I think as a player, that challenge for me is huge. I like the way they play and the way they think and it was an easy decision for me to go to the D-backs.”

Rondon has experience as a closer and could be used in that role in Arizona, but…

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