Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Cubs bolster rotation by signing RHP Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Cubs bolster rotation by signing RHP Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

The Cubs have landed their first new starter this offseason in their effort to fortify a rotation that will see turnover.

The Cubs have announced that they've signed Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal, worth $38 million, according to The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma.

Last season, Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 starts) with the Rockies, tying for the most losses in the National League. That stellar season came after he missed all of 2015 because of his second Tommy John surgery. He had a better season in 2016, going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA with the Rockies. But when you look at his numbers away from Coors Field, he's not too much of a step down. Only three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw (2.16) has a better road ERA mark over the last two seasons.

The former second-round pick (2008) made his big-league debut as a 21-year-old in 2011 and was ranked the game's No. 76 prospect by Baseball America prior to that season. Montgomery had a 4.15 ERA as a starter and a 2.49 ERA as a relief pitcher previous year.

The Cubs have rotation slots filled by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. He has a 4.31 ERA (310 earned runs in 647 2/3 innings) in 130 major-league appearances, including 113 starts.

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