The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million contract on Thursday.
The 27-year-old has spent most of his career with the Colorado Rockies. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the second round of the 2008 MLB Draft. In 33 appearances for the Rockies during the 2016 season (25 starts), Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA.
Chatwood has pitched at Coors Field for most of his career, one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball.The change of scenery should help his numbers improve, as pitchers notoriously dislike pitching at Coors Field.
For the Cubs, adding Chatwood will help to add some depth to their starting rotation. Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are both currently free agents, so there is a chance that neither pitcher will be back with the Cubs for the 2018 season. Even without these two pitchers, they still have Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Chatwood is a nice addition to the back-end of their starting rotation.
Chatwood is the Cubs’ first major free-agent signing of the offseason. It will be interesting to see what else Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein decides to do in the coming months to improve his team.