CHICAGO – The Cubs have non-tendered right-hander Hector Rondon, parting with one of the most accomplished closers in franchise history.
Rondon is sixth on the team's career saves list with 77, all from 2014 to '16. The 29-year-old Venezuelan struggled in 2017 with a 4.24 ERA in 57 1/3 innings. He would have been due a raise on the $5.8 million he made this year.
The Cubs on Friday also tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players: infielders Kris Bryant, Tommy La Stella and Addison Russell; right-handers Justin Grimm and Kyle Hendricks; and left-hander Justin Wilson. Right-hander Matt Carasiti was granted his release, and catcher Taylor Davis also was non-tendered.
The Cubs also agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Dario Alvarez. The 28-year-old Dominican was 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 20 relief appearances with the Texas Rangers last season, striking out 17 in 16 1/3 innings.