Not a month after signing right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon to a minor league deal, the White Sox released the righty to pursue a one-year contract with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, according to Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. The signing was confirmed by the Dragons on Friday. Left-handers Jordan Norberto and Elvis Araujo have also signed with the club, reports The Japan Times.
Rondon appeared briefly for the Pirates in 2016, getting a midseason call-up and pitching through just 3 2/3 innings before returning to Triple-A Indianapolis to finish out the year. He recorded a 2.67 ERA and 12 saves through 57 1/3 innings in Indianapolis.
Per The Japan Times, the 28-year-old will receive ¥50 million (approximately $427,000), with incentives and signing fees of ¥20 million. The Dragons will utilize both Rondon and Araujo in the bullpen for the 2017 season.
The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.
Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.
Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.
Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.
Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.