On Thursday, the Cubs announced that they've signed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal through the 2020 season. The three-year deal is reportedly worth roughly $40 million, according to the MLB Network.
The Cubs could potentially lose right-hander Jake Arrieta as a free agent this offseason, so signing Chatwood gives Chicago another bona fide starter.
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. That stellar season came after he missed all of 2015 because of his second Tommy John surgery. At home in 2017, Chatwood pitched 70.1 innings and had a 6.01 ERA, a 1.678 WHIP, and a.355 BABIP.
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Chatwood was 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA in a career-high 27 starts with the Rockies in 2016, including an 8-1 mark and 1.69 ERA on the road. "Since then, Chatwood is tied with the Nationals" Stephen Strasburg for second in the National League in road ERA the past two seasons with a 2.57 mark, trailing only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and his 2.16 ERA on the road (minimum 10 starts).
He will fit in the back end of the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Chicago also is waiting to see if Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani picks the Cubs, who are one of the seven finalists.