Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract.
The Cubs' primary goal this offseason is to find replacements for starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, who both filed for free agency. He's spent his last six big league seasons in Colorado after debuting in 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels.
The 27-year-old likely will be thrilled to leave Coors Field in his rear-view mirror, as he limped to a 3-8 record with a 6.01 ERA in 17 games in Denver last season. Pitching half his games at Coors Field, Chatwood actually has performed quite well but does come with some questions about how many innings he can pitch. Across the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Chatwood has a 2.57 ERA on the road, which tied for the second-best mark in the National League for those with a minimum of 10 starts.
Chatwood was 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA in a career-high 27 starts with the Rockies in 2016, including an 8-1 mark and 1.69 ERA on the road. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery.
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Chatwood has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.
Chatwood will join Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Jose Quintana in the team's rotation.
The signing of Chatwood does not remove the Cubs from the free agent market.