Coming off his worst season since he was a rookie in 2013, the Chicago Cubs decided to move on from the power arm they once used as a closer.
Admittedly, based on last year, it’s tough to see what would make Rondon an appealing add for the Giants. He regressed in terms of home runs, hits, and walks allowed, and was potentially owed a hefty cost in arbitration.
However, when you look at his results from 2016, you can see what the Venezuelan native can bring to a bullpen.
That season, he posted a 3.53 ERA with a 7.25 K/BB ratio. However, the season before, the righty pitched to a 1.67 ERA with matching peripherals. If the 29-year old can execute his pitches and place them a little bit better than he did in 2017, he is certainly worth bringing in to compete.
He also pitches against righties much better than he does against lefties (.584 OPS against last year), so some strategic deployment by Bruce Bochy can help him greatly.
While it would obviously be great to get an electric, young, reliable arm who can get out batters from both sides of the plate, those players are simply not yet affordable.
All this accounted for, I am a proponent of bringing Rondon in, under a short-term contract of course, to just see if the Giants revamped coaching staff can tweak an aspect of his delivery to maximize his talent, ball control, and execution.