The Cubs have landed their first new starter this offseason in their effort to fortify a rotation that will see turnover.
On Thursday, the Cubs announced that they've signed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal through the 2020 season. Factoring in ballpark and season, Chatwood still finished last season with an above-average ERA+ of 107, per Baseball Reference. Stalwarts Jake Arrieta and John Lackey became free agents, and as talented as the Cubbies are, they don't have the prospect depth to replace those two internally.
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Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies.
The 27-year-old also had a strong end to the year, posting a 3.12 ERA in seven games (five starts) during September. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. In 2017 he was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts.
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. The Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft.