Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Tyler Chatwood is heading to Chicago. AP

It was no secret the Chicago Cubs would need to add rotation help this offseason. Chatwood projects to fill a back-of-the-rotation slot as Jake Arrieta and John Lackey have hit free agency.

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract.

That indicates clear room for improvement for Chatwood, a groundball pitcher who now has the benefit of pitching in front of one of the game's best infield defenses. He registered a 6.01 ERA and allowed foes to hit.302 at Coors Field last season.

Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field.

He is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA in six major league seasons.

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Chatwood sported a 6.01 ERA and 1.68 WHIP at hitter-friendly Coors Field a year ago, but his numbers on the road indicate the Cubs may have acquired a nice under-the-radar starting pitcher: 3.49 ERA, 1.23 WHIP.

Chatwood, a second-round pick by the Angels in 2008, spent seven seasons with the Angels and Rockies, but missed the entire 2015 after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery.

Chatwood has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood throws to a Miami Marlins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Denver.