CHICAGO -- The Cubs may have filled one of the holes in their rotation on Thursday, signing free-agent right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million contract.
Chatwood, 27, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 games (25 starts) last season with the Rockies, and he will most likely appreciate not having to pitch at Coors Field. He was 3-8 with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games (12 starts) in Denver last season, while going 5-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 games (13 starts) on the road.
Chatwood made four starts in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the '15 season. 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).
Tyler Chatwood signs a 3-year, $38M deal with Cubs
A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta. The right-hander has a career 40-46 record with a 4.31 ERA in 130 games (113 starts).
The Cubs' primary goal this offseason is to find replacements for starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, who both filed for free agency. Chicago also is waiting to see if Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani picks the Cubs, who are one of the seven finalists.
Chatwood has had success at Wrigley Field. In two starts (both wins) there, he's given up one earned run over 13 innings while striking out 11 and walking three.
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