Cubs came out on the wrong end of the Tyler Chatwood deal
The Chicago brass felt they had a diamond in the rough when they inked Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $39 million deal prior to the 2018 season. Well, he turned out to be a a whole lot more ‘rough’ than ‘diamond,’ to say the least.
In his Cubs career, Chatwood has made 67 appearances, including 30 starts. He’s worked to a less-than-ideal 4.70 ERA and 4.88 FIP during that span to go along with a 1.608 WHIP – which is wildly inflated by his league-leading 95 walks back in 2018.
He showed signs of bouncing back early this year, looking outstanding in his first couple starts. But then things started going sideways and he soon after hit the shelf with an elbow injury. His recovery isn’t going well and, by all indications, it’s far from a sure thing he’ll throw another pitch this season.
In the short-term, it further destabilizes an already-questionable starting rotation. But given his struggles when healthy and his elbow woes, Chatwood is not a viable answer looking at the team’s pitching needs moving forward.