Tyler Chatwood signs with Cubs for 3 years, $38 million

Cubs sign starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

But with the likely departures of free agents Jake Arrieta and John Lackey - 40 percent of their rotation over the last two seasons - the Cubs still need a starter.

Chicago has signed right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies. 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, who turns 28 next week, is 40-46 with two saves.

More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN. 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. He registered a 6.01 ERA and allowed foes to hit.302 at Coors Field last season. That stellar season came after he missed all of 2015 because of his second Tommy John surgery.

Since 2016, Chatwood is tied with Washington's Stephen Strasburg for the second-best road ERA in the NL at 2.57. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Mike Montgomery will once again prepare as a starter in spring training and fill a rotation role as needed.

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