Chicago Cubs: Is Tyler Chatwood a rotation option for 2018?

DENVER, CO - JULY 06: Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood
DENVER, CO - JULY 06: Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood /
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With the Chicago Cubs not likely to shell out big bucks to a free agent pitcher this winter, could Tyler Chatwood be a possible rotation option for 2018?

There is no doubt Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta are the two best starting pitchers on the market this winter. However, the likelihood of either one of them signing with the Cubs is almost zero. The reason for that is because of the money it would take to get either one of them to sign.

It’s hard telling which one will come out on top money-wise. However, each pitcher could earn $150 million-plus over the next six or seven years. That is out of the Cubs’ price range right now as they have to start thinking about retaining the horde of talented position players currently on the team.

With Darvish and Arrieta seemly out of the picture, the Cubs will need to get creative this off-season. The Cubs have aleady been linked to free agent pitcher Alex Cobb. Cobb, if signed, would likely fill out the Cubs’ number four spot in the rotation behind Jose Quintana.

Even though Cobb and the Cubs seem like a good fit, nothing is a given in baseball which is why the Cubs are likely exploring every possible option for their 2018 rotation.

One option that the Cubs have moving forward is 27-year-old Tyler Chatwood.