Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal


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.

More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN.

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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.