TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 5: Jorge Rondon #57 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 5, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Jorge Rondon signs one-year deal with Chunichi Dragons

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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.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.

Royals sign Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.

Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.