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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.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.