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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.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.