Grading the Tyler Chatwood signing

Grading the Tyler Chatwood signing

The Cubs on Thursday signed free-agent right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal, filling a back-of-the-rotation spot behind Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Stalwarts Jake Arrieta and John Lackey became free agents, and as talented as the Cubbies are, they don't have the prospect depth to replace those two internally. Chatwood isn't the definite missing piece nor the X-factor, particularly since the Cubs ranked seventh in Major League Baseball with a staff ERA of 3.95 last season, but he definitely improves the rotation enough that the lineup will have more confidence in producing runs with a reliable arm on the mound.

Chatwood doesn't turn 28 until next Saturday and has spent the last seven years pitching for the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Angels.

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Chatwood has had stark home-road splits while calling hitter-friendly Coors Field his home.

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. He missed all of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and hasn't yet truly established himself as an innings eater. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location. 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.

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Like any free agent signing, Chatwood is far from flawless. The Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft.

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