Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Chatwood would make roughly $12.67 million per season, which may seem high but with the skyrocketing price of pitching, $38 million guaranteed for a guy who is just entering his prime and is a legit breakout candidate could potentially be a steal.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood throws to a Miami Marlins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Denver. 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.

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


Chatwood is tied with Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg for second in the National League in road ERA over the last two season with a 2.57 mark.

Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location.

He will fit in the back end of the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Chatwood missed much of 2014 and the entire 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

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