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Cubs bolster rotation by signing RHP Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

Cubs bolster rotation by signing RHP Tyler Chatwood to 3-year deal

The deal will keep Chatwood at Wrigley Field until the next decade, which is a good move for Chicago since they're certainly losing Jake Arrieta to free agency and needed to replace him with someone of the same caliber.

Adding Chatwood boosts a rotation that will likely lose former Cy Young Award victor Jake Arrieta and veteran John Lackey.

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.

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That indicates clear room for improvement for Chatwood, a groundball pitcher who now has the benefit of pitching in front of one of the game's best infield defenses. He finished with a 4.69 ERA while moving in and out of the starting rotation, and his 77 walks were fourth-highest in the majors. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery.

Chatwood has a career 4.31 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.

A second-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, Chatwood was traded to the Rockies in November 2011 for catcher Chris Iannetta. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana. Montgomery had a 4.15 ERA as a starter and a 2.49 ERA as a relief pitcher previous year.