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Astros sign Hector Rondon to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Hector Rondon has agreed to a deal with the Houston Astros. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo says it’s a two-year deal.

Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs after posting a 4.24 ERA this past season, during the second half of which he experienced some elbow problems. The five-year veteran has a 3.22 ERA in 296 career games, all with the Cubs. This past season saw him post a record-high 10.8 Ks per nine innings, though his walk rate doubled from 2016.

Some warning signs to be sure, but baseball is experiencing a land rush when it comes to relievers so far this offseason, and the Astros believe he’s worth the investment.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.