Chicago Cubs agree to deal with Tyler Chatwood

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The Cubs quest for pitching help has led them to the signing of Tyler Chatwood.

The Cubs will be banking on Chatwood to take advantage of his abilities as a groundball pitcher, as he had a 58.1 percent groundball rate last season with the Rockies.

Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts, for Colorado past year.

Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, is 40-46 with two saves. Those numbers were inflated by his performance at hitter-friendly Coors Field, where he had a 6.01 ERA in 17 games. On the road, he recorded a 3.49 ERA and held foes to a.200 batting average. He had a better season in 2016, going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA with the Rockies. Chatwood has never thrown more than 158 innings in a season and missed brief time with a calf injury in 2017.

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Chatwood has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

The Cubs have signed a pitcher, but not the one that's been dominating the last 11 news cycles (.yet?).

The former second-round pick (2008) made his big-league debut as a 21-year-old in 2011 and was ranked the game's No. 76 prospect by Baseball America prior to that season.

The Cubs have rotation slots filled by Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. The Cubs will need him to provide consistency and plenty of quality starts in 2018, a tall order for someone who has always pitched from the middle to the back end of the rotation.

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