It took a while in free agency for the Cubs to make a major move, and on Thursday the Cubs officially announced the signing of former Colorado Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a 3-year deal lasting until 2020. The deal is worth $40 million, according to Cubs.com. The move marked the first big splash for the Cubs in what should be a great free agency.
Chatwood, 27, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 games (25 starts) last season with the Rockies, and he will most likely appreciate not having to pitch at Coors Field. He was 3-8 with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) in Denver last season while going 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) on the road.
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Most notably in 2016, Tyler Chatwood went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 27 starts for the Rockies. I know this past season’s numbers were not spectacular but as you can see, he suffered from a poor Rockies team.
The potential for Chatwood is great, as he looks like another possible Jose Quintana for the Cubs rotation. The Cubs needed a replacement for Jake Arrieta in the rotation, and Chatwood was the most affordable option out there for a pitcher with tons of potential.
The move to sign Chatwood probably will turn out to be a great one for the Cubs. He will be a great fourth starter behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana.
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