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Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

07 December 2017

The Cubs added depth to their rotation Thursday after signing right-hand pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The deal is reportedly worth $38 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Adding Chatwood boosts a rotation that will likely lose former Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta and veteran John Lackey.

Chatwood, 27, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last season. He struck out 120 batters in 147 2/3 innings and struggled with his control at times, walking 77 batters for a 4.7 walks-per-nine-innings rate. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average.

More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery.

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While some will dismiss Chatwood based on his lifetime 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, wise fantasy owners are aware that he posted a solid 3.18 ERA on the road (5.17 ERA at home) during his tenure with the Rockies.

A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta.

He will fit in the back end of the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

The signing of Chatwood does not remove the Cubs from the free agent market.

Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal