Reliever Hector Rendon has agreed to a two-year contract with the World Series champion Houston Astros, as the team from Texas continues to add pieces to its bullpen.
The 29-year-old right-hander spent the last five years with the Chicago Cubs, where he went 18-13 with a 3.22 ERA and 77 saves. He went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA and a career-best 10.83 strikeouts per nine innings last season.
To make room for Rendon on the roster, the Astros designated outfielder Preston Tucker for assignment.
Tucker played in 146 games with the Astros from 2015-16, hitting 27 doubles and 17 home runs with 41 RBIs. He spent last season at Triple A Fresno.
MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported the two-year deal is worth $8.5 million.
The Astros also signed Joe Smith a few days ago, putting their bullpen in a much better place than last year.
Rondon and Smith could be moves that may help them get back to the World Series in 2018.