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Cubs Agree To A Three-Year Deal With Pitcher Tyler Chatwood

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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.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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Cubs Sign Jorge De La Rosa

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The Chicago Cubs have signed left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to a team announcement (h/t MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat)

In corresponding moves, the Cubs transferred starting pitcher Yu Darivish to the 6-day disabled list and left-hander Randy Rosario, who has pitched to a 3.00 ERA so far this season, was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week after struggling to a 4.63 ERA this season.

 

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