Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Posted December 08, 2017

The Cubs added depth to their rotation Thursday after signing right-hand pitcher 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. He posted an excellent groundball rate (GB%) of 58.1% and saw his fastball velocity increase. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location.

Given the money involved in the deal, it's likely Chatwood will take over the rotation spot once occupied by veteran John Lackey.

Chatwood will join Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana in the team's rotation.

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

Not only that, but Chatwood is moving from a team on the up-and-up to one ready to win now.

But with so many issues to address, the Cubs could work at a more deliberate pace and let the market dictate some of their moves. Factoring in ballpark and season, Chatwood still finished last season with an above-average ERA+ of 107, per Baseball Reference.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com passed along word of the free-agent signing. Since returning from his second career Tommy John surgery in 2016, he threw 305 2/3 innings with a 4.27 ERA (115 ERA+) for the Rockies. Pitching half his games at Coors Field, Chatwood actually has performed quite well but does come with some questions about how many innings he can pitch.