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

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Chatwood provides the Cubs with insurance for their rotation, as starting pitchers Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are both free agents this offseason.

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

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Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts, for Colorado past year. Only three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw (2.16) has a better road ERA mark over the last two seasons.

That indicates clear room for improvement for Chatwood, a groundball pitcher who now has the benefit of pitching in front of one of the game's best infield defenses. In 2017 he was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average. By comparison, Chatwood owned a 5-7 mark with a 3.49 ERA in 16 games on the road. Since returning from his second career Tommy John surgery in 2016, he threw 305 2/3 innings with a 4.27 ERA (115 ERA+) for the Rockies.

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A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed. He played for Colorado a year ago.

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