Newest Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood is a legit breakout candidate

Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

The Chicago Cubs have made a move in the 2017 MLB Offseason.

Chatwood provides the Cubs with insurance for their rotation, as starting pitchers Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are both free agents this offseason.

Right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood - not Shohei Ohtani - solidified his future by inking a three-year deal with the Cubs Thursday afternoon.

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Meanwhile, Chatwood led the league with 15 losses last season, going 8-15 with one save and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances with the Rockies. Factoring in ballpark and season, Chatwood still finished last season with an above-average ERA+ of 107, per Baseball Reference.

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. His career high is 158 innings and he has twice undergone Tommy John surgery.

A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta.

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The Cubs have rotation slots filled by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

He is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA in six major league seasons. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

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