Tyler Chatwood, Chicago Cubs agree to 3-year, $38 million deal

Tyler Chatwood is heading to Chicago. AP

On Thursday, the Cubs announced that they've signed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal through the 2020 season.

Last season Chatwood was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances (25 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last season.

The Cubs' primary goal this offseason is to find replacements for starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, who both filed for free agency. He struck out 120 batters in 147 2/3 innings and struggled with his control at times, walking 77 batters for a 4.7 walks-per-nine-innings rate.

That indicates clear room for improvement for Chatwood, a groundball pitcher who now has the benefit of pitching in front of one of the game's best infield defenses. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average.

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. Chatwood missed much of 2014 and the entire 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Montgomery had a 4.15 ERA as a starter and a 2.49 ERA as a relief pitcher a year ago.

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. Chatwood figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

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