Cubs sign Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Sep 25, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler Chatwood is heading to the “Windy City” in hopes of getting his career back on track. The former Colorado Rockies starter has now signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced on Thursday.

A seven-year veteran, Chatwood endured the worst single-season performance of his career in 2017. He went just 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA, and had 120 strikeouts compared to allowing 136 hits over 147.2 innings pitched. Those struggles weren’t only surprising because Chatwood retired the first 17 batters he faced in an April 15 game against the San Francisco Giants, but also due to his play the previous season, when he went 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA while establishing himself as a fixture of the Rockies’ rotation.

Before 2016, Chatwood’s career appeared in jeopardy as the result of Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of the previous season. He’d shown promise in the majors ever since getting called up for the first time in late 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels, after which he was traded to Colorado. Chatwood began his first campaign with the Rockets in the bullpen, but was moved to the starting rotation near season’s end, finishing the year 5-6 with 19 starts. His breakout came in 2013, when Chatwood, now fully comfortable as a starter, went 8-5 with a 31.5 ERA at the tender age of 23.

The Cubs’ pitching staff let them down in the postseason with a 4.52 ERA. Adding depth in the bullpen is never a bad idea, but especially when the player in question has shown flashes of being a quality starter in the recent past – which Chatwood certainly has.

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