Cubs sign Tyler Chatwood to three-year deal

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

It was no secret the Chicago Cubs would need to add rotation help this offseason.

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

Chatwood doesn't turn 28 until next Saturday and has spent the last seven years pitching for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels.

Chatwood has had stark home-road splits while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field his home. But when you look at his numbers away from Coors Field, he's not too much of a step down.

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The 27-year-old likely will be thrilled to leave Coors Field in his rear-view mirror, as he limped to a 3-8 record with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games in Denver last season. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. He had a better season in 2016, going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA with the Rockies. He has a 4.31 ERA (310 earned runs in 647 2/3 innings) in 130 major-league appearances, including 113 starts. For his career, which included his first season with the Angels, Chatwood is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA.

The Cubs have rotation slots filled by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

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

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