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Astros add another righty reliever Hector Rondon

The right-hander had been with the Cubs the past few years

Hector Rondon.

Hector Rondon. | AP

 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.

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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.

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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.

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