Diamondbacks sign Héctor Rondón
It was a pretty quiet day around the league on Wednesday, with one real move coming across the wire. That one happened out in the desert, with the Diamondbacks inking a one-year deal with reliever Héctor Rondón. The righty will be guaranteed $3 million. Arizona is an interesting team, who has traded some big pieces away over the last year or so but also got a massive breakout from Ketel Marte last year and then went and added Madison Bumgarner. Rondón is certainly not on that level, or anywhere close to it, but this is a solid addition. He’s been up and down over the last couple of years so there’s definitely a chance this goes sideways, but he has late-inning experience and has pitched on playoff teams basically throughout his career with the Cubs and Astros. So, he has that kind of big-game experience if that’s something you value in a late-inning arm. He’ll be paired with Archie Bradley, Junior Guerra and Andrew Chafin in the late innings.
Sox Spin: Rondón was a guy I wanted the Red Sox to sign and the price is certainly cheap enough for any team, regardless of salary desires. As with Steve Cishek, I’m not going to get up in arms over this because Rondón simply isn’t that kind of player, but it’s worth mentioning these kind of options don’t just replenish themselves. The market is thinning by the day.