Tyler Chatwood signs 3-year, $38 million deal with Cubs

Cubs bolster rotation by signing RHP Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

The Chicago Cubs have been linked with some high-profile free agents on the pitching market, and they've finally made their first splash as they signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal.

The Cubs could potentially lose right-hander Jake Arrieta as a free agent this offseason, so signing Chatwood gives Chicago another bona fide starter. He was tied for the league lead in losses despite the Rockies earning a Wild Card berth.

Chatwood, who turns 28 later this month, went 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 33 games, including 25 starts, for the Rockies in 2017. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average. Since returning from his second career Tommy John surgery in 2016, he threw 305 2/3 innings with a 4.27 ERA (115 ERA+) for the Rockies.

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Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field. Not only that, but Chatwood's high ERA can be attributed to his posting a mark of 6.01 at hitter-friendly Coors Field compared to 3.49 on the road. Thus, better for Cubs front office tandem Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to spend money on a younger arm to pitch alongside Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana, and whichever man manager Joe Maddon opts to use as the fifth starter, be it Shohei Ohtani or someone else.

The Cubs have signed a pitcher, but not the one that's been dominating the last 11 news cycles (.yet?).

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