Cubs sign free-agent pitcher Tyler Chatwood for 3 years, $38 million

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

It's worth $38 million, according to The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma.

In search of arms for their rotation should Jake Arrieta or John Lackey not return in 2018, the Cubs' first major signing of the free agent period is indeed a starting pitcher.

Chatwood doesn't turn 28 until next Saturday and has spent the last seven years pitching for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels. He struck out 120 batters in 147 2/3 innings and struggled with his control at times, walking 77 batters for a 4.7 walks-per-nine-innings rate.

More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN. Chatwood has been fantastic on the road in the past two seasons.

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.

Chatwood sported a 6.01 ERA and 1.68 WHIP at hitter-friendly Coors Field previous year, but his numbers on the road indicate the Cubs may have acquired a nice under-the-radar starting pitcher: 3.49 ERA, 1.23 WHIP.

Chatwood made four starts in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the "15 season".

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

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