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Cubs free agent target: Tyler Chatwood

Here’s a possible lower-cost acquisition for the rotation.

While most Cubs fan eyes are focused on Alex Cobb as a likely target for the Cubs’ rotation given his connections with Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey, righthander Tyler Chatwood might be another pitcher to look at as free agency ramps up over the next few weeks.

Chatwood was the second-round pick of the Angels in the 2008 draft (in that round, the Cubs took a college pitcher named Aaron Shafer who never pitched in the majors) and was traded to the Rockies after the 2011 season for Chris Iannetta.

He’s had two Tommy John surgeries, the first while he was still in high school, the second in the middle of the 2014 season. He missed all of 2015, came back and had a solid 2016 (12-9, 3.87 ERA, 1.373 WHIP, 3.6 bWAR), but was somewhat less effective in 2017 (8-15, 4.69 ERA, 1.442 WHIP, but still 2.2 bWAR). He pitched so poorly from late June to early August (9.67 ERA, 2.194 WHIP in six outings) that he was demoted from the starting rotation. When he returned to the rotation in September, he was much improved — …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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