Newest Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood is a legit breakout candidate

Newest Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood is a legit breakout candidate

It was no secret the Chicago Cubs would need to add rotation help this offseason.

On Thursday, the Cubs announced that they've signed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal through the 2020 season.

Chatwood would make roughly $12.67 million per season, which may seem high but with the skyrocketing price of pitching, $38 million guaranteed for a guy who is just entering his prime and is a legit breakout candidate could potentially be a steal.

Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts, for Colorado a year ago. He registered a 6.01 ERA and allowed foes to hit.302 at Coors Field last season. Chatwood projects to fill a back-of-the-rotation slot as Jake Arrieta and John Lackey have hit free agency.

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More runs were scored at Coors Field than any other park in 2017, per ESPN. With a 3.49 ERA on the road, there is plenty of reason to expect better numbers in a new location.

Chatwood made four starts in 2014, then underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the "15 season". In 2017 he was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts. The Angels selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft.

The signing of Chatwood does not remove the Cubs from the free agent market.