The Tyler Chatwood dilemma

What can the Cubs do about a pitcher who can barely find the strike zone?

The Cubs could have chosen to skip Tyler Chatwood this time through the rotation; on normal four days’ rest his turn would have come up today, the off day, and the Cubs could have gone with Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana (not necessarily in that order) against the Padres.

But they chose not to, they chose to give Chatwood yet another chance to work things out and prove that he’s worth retaining in the big-league rotation.

Maybe this is the last chance, maybe there’s something physically wrong with him, maybe it’s just mechanics that can’t be fixed.

Fans, of course, have had opinions on this. This should not surprise you. Some of those opinions are about things that can’t be done. Let’s take a look at some of these “proposals.”

“Send him to Iowa!”

Well, you can’t do that. Literally, you can’t. Players with as much service time in the major leagues as Chatwood (more than six full years), and who don’t have options, have the right to refuse an outright assignment to the minor leagues. Chatwood would have to clear waivers …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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