Cubs sign Tyler Chatwood

The Cubs just signed right handed starter Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year, $38 million deal per Jon Morosi on twitter.

Chatwood, 28, is a right handed pitcher, formerly of the Rockies and Angels. Last season he has been a starter most of his career, and he made 25 starts last season, but he also made 8 appearances out of the bullpen. I would venture a guess that he will be given a chance to start, but it’s hard to say until more info comes out. He will probably be the Cubs back end rotation starter.

Last year he had a 4.69 era, which can be a bit deceiving since he played in Colorado. He’s a Brandon Kintzler type (who I wrote about yesterday) with a very, very good 58% ground ball rate. Chatwood relies heavily on his fastball and sinker combo, and mixes in the occasional slider and the rare change up.

Chatwood won’t strike out a ton of guys, but he’s also not going to give up a lot of hard contact. He ranked near the bottom of the league in starter strikes thrown rate, but we will see if that can get corrected and he can find the zone a little more frequently.

I really like this signing, and I’m guessing it will be as a 5th/6th starter. He could be a solid back end rotation option, especially if they get Ohtani and use a 6 man rotation to accommodate him.

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