Monday, 11 December, 2017

Chatwood signs 3-year deal with Cubs

Tyler Chatwood is heading to Chicago. AP Tyler Chatwood is heading to Chicago. AP
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 23:11

Tyler Chatwood is getting a fresh start in the Windy City.

The Chicago Cubs will hope for a bounce-back season from Tyler Chatwood after the two sides reportedly agreed to a three-year deal Thursday. The deal is worth $38 million.

Chatwood sported a 6.01 ERA and 1.68 WHIP at hitter-friendly Coors Field past year, but his numbers on the road indicate the Cubs may have acquired a nice under-the-radar starting pitcher: 3.49 ERA, 1.23 WHIP.

The Cubs' primary goal this offseason is to find replacements for starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, who both filed for free agency. He also underwent TJ surgery in high school.

Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies.

Chatwood has had stark home-road splits while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field his home. In 2017, he was 3-8 with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) in Denver, while finishing 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) on the road. "Since then, Chatwood is tied with the Nationals" Stephen Strasburg for second in the National League in road ERA the past two seasons with a 2.57 mark, trailing only the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and his 2.16 ERA on the road (minimum 10 starts). Factoring in ballpark and season, Chatwood still finished last season with an above-average ERA+ of 107, per Baseball Reference.