The hot stove is flickering! There is actual news!
Cubs have agreed to a three-year deal with RHP Tyler Chatwood
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) December 7, 2017
Chatwood was one of the more interesting free agents in this class. Mike Petriello made a case for why Chatwood could be this year’s Charlie Morton, a high-velocity guy with a high-spin curveball who just needs a change of scenery. He was always likely to sign with an analytically-inclined organization, and the Cubs certainly qualify.
Chatwood ranked 17th among our Top 50 free agents heading into the off-season, with projections that work out to roughly league-average pitching when he’s on the mound, with durability a legitimate question.
|Dave Cameron||3||$10.0 M||$30.0 M|
|Median Crowdsource||0.0||$0.0 M||$0.0 M|
|Avg Crowdsource||0.0||$0.0 M||$0.0 M|
I projected he’d get $30 million over three years, but it sounds like he did a bit better than that.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 7, 2017
At nearly $40 million, Chatwood is no huge bargain, but there are definitely things to like about having him as a back-end starter with upside. There’s also plenty of risk here, of course, and the fact that an upside play with a limited track record of success costs $40 million tells you that this is a good winter to be a free agent pitcher.
Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.