Cubs give RHP Chatwood a three-year deal

Cubs give RHP Chatwood a three-year deal

It was no secret the Chicago Cubs would need to add rotation help this offseason. 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.

Chicago has signed right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 as a starter) with the Rockies last season, tying for the most losses in the NL. He's spent his last six big league seasons in Colorado after debuting in 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels. Chatwood has been fantastic on the road in the past two seasons.

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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.

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. His career high is 158 innings and he has twice undergone Tommy John surgery. For his career, which included his first season with the Angels, Chatwood is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

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