Cubs agree to three-year, $38M deal with Tyler Chatwood

Cubs' addition of Tyler Chatwood offers plenty of intrigue

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

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood - not Shohei Ohtani - solidified his future by inking a three-year deal with the Cubs Thursday afternoon.

Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies. He registered a 6.01 ERA and allowed foes to hit.302 at Coors Field last season. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average. He has a 4.31 ERA (310 earned runs in 647 2/3 innings) in 130 major-league appearances, including 113 starts. His career high is 158 innings and he has twice undergone Tommy John surgery. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location. For his career, which included his first season with the Angels, Chatwood is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA.

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The former second-round pick (2008) made his big-league debut as a 21-year-old in 2011 and was ranked the game's No. 76 prospect by Baseball America prior to that season.

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

The money might be a little pricey for what they'll get from Chatwood, but with Mike Minor off the market at three years for $28 million and his ability to start, it's not that much of an overpay and the Cubs would have ponied up far more to keep Arrieta.

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