Cubs give RHP Chatwood a three-year deal

Cubs give RHP Chatwood a three-year deal

The deal will keep Chatwood at Wrigley Field until the next decade, which is a good move for Chicago since they're certainly losing Jake Arrieta to free agency and needed to replace him with someone of the same caliber.

On Thursday, the Cubs announced that they've signed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal through the 2020 season. But when you look at his numbers away from Coors Field, he's not too much of a step down.

Chatwood has had stark home-road splits while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field his home.

Meanwhile, Chatwood led the league with 15 losses last season, going 8-15 with one save and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances with the Rockies.

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The 27-year-old also had a strong end to the year, posting a 3.12 ERA in seven games (five starts) during September.

A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta. By comparison, Chatwood owned a 5-7 mark with a 3.49 ERA in 16 games on the road. He figures to slot into the rotation behind 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.

The signing of Chatwood does not remove the Cubs from the free agent market.

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