Well, that came as the first surprise of non-tender day.
Expected to garner a pretty hefty raise in arbitration, the Cubs have instead chosen to grant former fill-in closer Hector Rondon free agency. Whoa.
Cubs righty reliever Hector Rondon will not be tendered a contract for 2018 making him a free agent, according to a source. https://t.co/ASKsdqLmID— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) December 1, 2017
According to projections, Rondon was expected to earn $6.2 million this year following the arbitration process, a figure the Cubs deemed too lofty to pay out. Apparently, the rest of the league agreed, seeing the Chicago was unable to find a trade partner prior to the deadline.
Rondon's ERA ballooned from 1.67 in 72 games (30 saves) in 2015 all the way up to a 4.24 mark this past season. Certainly, his erratic behavior, which lost him the closer's role, didn't earn him a raise in the eyes of those in charge of Chicago's payroll.
We don't think the fan base will disagree.