Aug 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon (56) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. St. Louis won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Cubs' Hector Rondon worth adding

already looked at one closer today in the Atlanta Braves’ Craig Kimbrel and why drafting closers early if something I tend to shy away from.

Jul 23, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon (56) throws during the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

You can always find saves on the waiver wire, which makes a guy like the Chicago Cubs’ Hector Rondon a guy you should look to add in the upcoming days.

After a failed attempt with Jose Veras as closer to start the season, Cubs’ manager Rick Renteria quickly turned to Pedro Strop.

Rondon could be next.

After another brutal performance Wednesday in which Strop allowed four runs in the ninth inning as the Cubs lost to the Diamondbacks, Renteria said Thursday that the team does not have a closer.

That’s stating the obvious, but Rondon has likely put himself in an opportunity to receive some save chances in the future.

Well, judging by the performances of the Cubs pen, we sort of knew that, but for fantasy purposes, everyone is a possibility for saves at this point.

Rondon has been far and away the Cubs top reliever. He sports a 0.79 ERA and 1.059 WHIP in 10 appearances so far this season.

He has a fastball that averages nearly 94 mph, and in 11.1 innings, he’s allowed just one run with an 11:4 K:BB ratio.

Rondon had a 4.77 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 45 appearances for the Cubs last year, but the converted starter has closer stuff and likely should get a chance in the role soon.

He can’t do any worse than Veras or Strop.

Do yourself a favor and pick him up and stash him now. He may just turn into a cheap option for saves.



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