It was no secret the Chicago Cubs would need to add rotation help this offseason.
The Cubs took their first major step toward addressing their starting pitching Thursday by signing free agent Tyler Chatwood to a three-year contract worth $38 million. 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 has been fantastic on the road in the past two seasons. Factoring in ballpark and season, Chatwood still finished last season with an above-average ERA+ of 107, per Baseball Reference.
The right-handed pitcher is coming off a disappointing year where he led the league with 15 losses. Across the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Chatwood has a 2.57 ERA on the road, which tied for the second-best mark in the National League for those with a minimum of 10 starts.
In 2016 Chatwood posted a 12-9 mark with a 3.87 ERA. That stellar season came after he missed all of 2015 because of his second 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. Chatwood figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.