SARASOTA, Fla. — Dylan Bundy has been picked to start the Baltimore Orioles’ opener against Minnesota on March 29.
The 24-year-old right-hander led the Orioles in wins last season, when he was 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA.
Bundy beat out Kevin Gausman, who started last year’s opener, and Chris Tillman, the starter of the previous three. Last year was Bundy’s first season in the rotation.
“I wasn’t even expecting it or thinking it,” Bundy said Thursday. “I was trying to get through spring training and work on the stuff I need to work on, and let things play out however they may be.”
Baltimore’s other starters are Andrew Cashner, who was signed last month, and Alex Cobb, who was added Wednesday.
Free-agent pitcher Hector Rondon has agreed to a two-year contract with the Houston Astros, the team announced Friday.
Rondon, 29, spent his first five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, compiling an 18-13 record with 77 saves, 28 holds and a 3.22 ERA. He went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
The former closer might be best remembered for his save in Game 4 of the 2015 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Astros also announced that they had designated outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment to maintain their full 40-man roster.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Entrusting a 40-year-old pitcher to close games last season wasn’t always smooth sailing, but the Arizona Diamondbacks liked enough of what they saw from Fernando Rodney in 2017.
Rumor CentralAccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are open to bringing back the free-agent righty this winter.
“He did a great job for us,” Arizona GM Mike Hazen told Heyman at the recent general managers meetings in Orlando.
Rodney, who will be 41 by the time next season rolls around, allowed 14 earned runs across 54 1/3 innings for a 2.32 ERA as the Diamondbacks reached the NLDS. Between May 26 and July 2, he tossed 10 2/3 hitless frames while striking out 16 in what was essentially a no-hitter for the month of June.
Overall, the veteran converted 39 of his 45 save chances on a salary that amounted to $4 million with incentives.