Cubs sign Tyler Chatwood to three-year deal

Tyler Chatwood signs 3-year deal with Cubs as starting pitcher

The Chicago Cubs will hope for a bounce-back season from Tyler Chatwood after the two sides reportedly agreed to a three-year deal Thursday. Stalwarts Jake Arrieta and John Lackey became free agents, and as talented as the Cubbies are, they don't have the prospect depth to replace those two internally.

The Cubs will be banking on Chatwood to take advantage of his abilities as a groundball pitcher, as he had a 58.1 percent groundball rate last season with the Rockies.

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Chatwood passes the age test with his 28th birthday coming next weekend, and his GB% and road numbers suggest that he will be a fine addition in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average.

Chatwood's best season was 2013, when he had a 3.15 ERA in 20 starts.

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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.

Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field. He finished with a 4.69 ERA while moving in and out of the starting rotation, and his 77 walks were fourth-highest in the majors.

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Chatwood has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

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