The Cubs and Hector Rondon settled on a one-year, $4.2 million contract. Adam Warren agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.7 million deal.
The Cubs have three arbitration eligible players left to agree to sign for next season … Jake Arrieta, Chris Coghlan and Pedro Strop.
Hector Rondon made $544,000 last season and was projected to receive between $3.2-3.9 million for 2016. Rondon agreed to terms for $300,000 more than projected in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Rondon followed up his breakout season in 2014 (4-4 in 64 games, 29 saves, 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 2.26 FIP) by appearing in a career-high 72 games. Rondon was 6-4 with 30 saves, a 1.67 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 2.68 FIP. Rondon allowed 19 runs, 13 earned, on 55 hits with 15 walks and 69 strikeouts in 70 innings.
After the break and re-gaining the confidence of his manager, Rondon was 3-2 in 33 games with 18 saves, a 1.10 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Rondon gave up nine runs, four earned, on 28 hits with seven walks and 37 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings.
Rondon allowed three of the 14 runners he inherited to score (21 %), was 30-for-34 in save opportunities, and limited right-handed batters to a .196/.234/.268 line while lefties hit .231/.293/.347 against him.
Adam Warren made $572,600 last season with the Yankees and was projected for around $1.5 million in 2016. Warren received $200,000 more than anticipated. This is the first year of arbitration eligibility for Warren. He is under Cubs control for the next three seasons.
Adam Warren is coming off an excellent season as Joe Girardi’s swingman in the Bronx. Warren was 7-7 in 43 games, 17 starts, with a 3.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 3.59 FIP. Warren completed a career-high 131 1/3 innings and allowed 51 runs, 48 earned, on 114 hits with 39 walks and 104 strikeouts.
As a starting pitcher, Warren 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.21 WHIP (42 runs, 39 earned, 87 hits, 30 walks, 67 strikeouts) and as a reliever, Warren was 1-1 in 26 games with a 2.29 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Warren allowed nine runs on 27 hits with nine walks and 37 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.
Warren inherited 17 runners last season, only four scored (24 %) and he notched the save in his only opportunity.
The Cubs have avoided arbitration with six of the nine arbitration eligible players: Travis Wood ($6.17 million), Justin Grimm ($1.275 million), Rex Brothers ($1.42 million) and Clayton Richard ($2 million, plus incentives).