In a move to further bolster their bullpen, the World Series-champion Astros agreed to terms Friday on a contract with free-agent right-hander Hector Rondon, according to sources.
The club has not announced the deal, which is pending a physical. The figures of the contract are not known.
Rondon, whom the Cubs non-tendered on Dec. 1, was garnering interest from a number of clubs, but ultimately lands with Houston, which also signed right-hander reliever Joe Smith on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old had a down year in 2017 with Chicago, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 57 1/3 innings, but could be a bounceback candidate after recording a career-high 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Astros sign former Cubs closer Hector Rondon
A five-year Major League veteran, Rondon has spent his entire career with the Cubs. He is 18-13 with a 3.22 ERA and 77 saves in 296 1/3 innings in the Majors and could be used in a variety of ways out of the Houston bullpen. He saved 59 games in 2014-15 and has appeared in at least 45 games in every season of his career.
Oliver Macklin

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