Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal
Dec 07 2017 by Marjorie Miles
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.
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.