Chicago Cubs agree to deal with Tyler Chatwood

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Chatwood, 27, will make $38 million over the course of the deal with the Cubs.

On Thursday, Chicago took a big step toward improving their rotation by agreeing to a three-year contract with free agent righty Tyler Chatwood.

Meanwhile, Chatwood led the league with 15 losses last season, going 8-15 with one save and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances with the Rockies.

Chatwood has had stark home-road splits while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field his home.

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.

Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field.

Chatwood made four starts in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the "15 season". The Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Since 2016, Chatwood is tied with Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the second-best road ERA in the NL at 2.57. He figures to slot into the rotation behind 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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