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Cubs sign starter Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal

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The Chicago Cubs have signed starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year deal worth $38 million.

Chatwood, 27, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2017. Of those, 25 were starts and eight appearances came out of the pen. He had a K/BB ratio of 120/77 in 147.2 innings. Chatwood missed the entire 2015 season to Tommy John surgery — his second TJ surgery, actually — but came back strong in 2016, posting an ERA+ of 125 in 27 starts.

Like most pitchers, Chatwood pitched much better on the road than he did in Coors Field, posting a 3.49 ERA on the road and a 6.01 in Denver. Taking his 95 m.p.h. fastball and his nice ground ball rates to Wrigley Field should do him good.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.