Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Chatwood signs 3-year deal with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have made a move in the 2017 MLB Offseason.

Adding Chatwood boosts a rotation that will likely lose former Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta and veteran John Lackey.

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract.

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. 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.

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The 27-year-old also had a strong end to the year, posting a 3.12 ERA in seven games (five starts) during September. Across the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Chatwood has a 2.57 ERA on the road, which tied for the second-best mark in the National League for those with a minimum of 10 starts.

While some will dismiss Chatwood based on his lifetime 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, wise fantasy owners are aware that he posted a solid 3.18 ERA on the road (5.17 ERA at home) during his tenure with the Rockies. For his career, which included his first season with the Angels, Chatwood is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA.

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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