Tyler Chatwood signs 3-year, $38 million deal with Cubs

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

The Cubs' primary goal this offseason is to find replacements for starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, who both filed for free agency.

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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. Only three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw (2.16) has a better road ERA mark over the last two seasons.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood throws to a Miami Marlins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Denver. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location. That stellar season came after he missed all of 2015 because of his second Tommy John surgery.

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While some will dismiss Chatwood based on his lifetime 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP, wise fantasy owners are aware that he posted a solid 3.18 ERA on the road (5.17 ERA at home) during his tenure with the Rockies. The Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. He has a 4.31 ERA (310 earned runs in 647 2/3 innings) in 130 major-league appearances, including 113 starts. Chatwood figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

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