Tyler Chatwood signs 3-year, $38 million deal with Cubs

Posted December 08, 2017

The former Rockies right-hander signed a three-year, free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs Thursday.

This is a good signing for the Cubs on the whole, but far from ideal. Chatwood has been fantastic on the road in the past two seasons. He led the league with 15 losses in 2017, but went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA with the Rockies in 2016.

The Cubs have had a knack for striking it big at baseball's winter meetings, as they did in December 2014 when they signed free-agent left-hander Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract.

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

Like any free agent signing, Chatwood is far from ideal. 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.

Chatwood is tied with Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg for second in the National League in road ERA over the last two season with a 2.57 mark. He missed all of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and hasn't yet truly established himself as an innings eater. The Cubs will need him to provide consistency and plenty of quality starts in 2018, a tall order for someone who has always pitched from the middle to the back end of the rotation.

The Cubs signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal. They still likely need one more arm to be added prior to Spring Training.