Cubs give RHP Chatwood a three-year deal

The Cubs signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal. | David Zalubowski  Associated Press

The Cubs signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal. | David Zalubowski Associated Press

The deal is reportedly worth $38 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

On Thursday, the team agreed to a three-year deal with starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood which adds some much-needed help to the backend of the Cubs rotation for 2018.

Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts, for Colorado a year ago. He struck out 120 batters in 147 2/3 innings and struggled with his control at times, walking 77 batters for a 4.7 walks-per-nine-innings rate.

Now, it's not necessarily correct to take a player's numbers away from Coors Field and assume that's the real him - three of the other four NL West parks are big-time pitcher's parks, after all - but clearly Chatwood is someone who could benefit from the move out of Colorado.

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The 27-year-old likely will be thrilled to leave Coors Field in his rear-view mirror, as he limped to a 3-8 record with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games in Denver last season.

Chatwood, a second-round pick by the Angels in 2008, spent seven seasons with the Angels and Rockies, but missed the entire 2015 after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. Across the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Chatwood has a 2.57 ERA on the road, which tied for the second-best mark in the National League for those with a minimum of 10 starts.

Compare that to Arrieta's 3.53 ERA with a 1.218 WHIP this season and. there are worse fits in the world.

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