On Thursday, Chicago took a big step toward improving their rotation by agreeing to a three-year contract with free agent righty Tyler Chatwood. He projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter for the Cubs, who lost Jake Arietta and John Lackey to 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.
Chatwood has had success at Wrigley Field. Only three-time Cy Young Award victor Clayton Kershaw (2.16) has a better road ERA mark over the last two seasons. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location.
Part of the Cubs' belief is that Chatwood will find more consistency away from Coors Field.
Chatwood, 27, is 40-46 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA over 130 major-league appearances, including 113 starts.More news: Parents of murder suspect appear in court
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Chatwood made four starts in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the "15 season".
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.