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Rockies sign Tyler Chatwood to two-year deal, avoiding arbitration

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The Rockies and pitcher Tyler Chatwood avoided arbitration, agreeing on a two-year deal, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Chatwood will get $2 million guaranteed, $1 million in each of 2015 and ’16. He can earn an additional $250,000 in ’16 by reaching a games-started threshold.

Chatwood, 25, was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in July. He made only four starts in 2014, posting a 4.50 ERA with a 20/8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings.

Chatwood was originally drafted by the Angels in the second round of the 2008 draft. He went to the Rockies in November 2011 in exchange for catcher Chris Iannetta.

Rockies avoid arbitration with Jordan Lyles

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Rockies and pitcher Jordan Lyles have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year deal worth $2.475 million. The Rockies also avoided arbitration with outfielder Drew Stubbs.

Lyles, 24, was entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander finished the 2014 season with a 4.33 ERA and a 90/46 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings for the Rockies. Taken in the first round of the 2008 draft by the Astros, Lyles went to the Rockies in December 2013 in the Dexter Fowler trade.

The Rockies also announced on Twitter that the club avoided arbitration with pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The amount of the deal is not yet known.

Tyler Chatwood needs Tommy John surgery

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Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood has been out since late April with an elbow injury and the team just announced that he’ll undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Chatwood started 20 games with a 3.15 ERA for the Rockies last season as a 23-year-old, but made it just four starts this season before being shut down and is now likely to miss most of 2015 as well.

He was acquired from the Angels in the November of 2011 swap for catcher Chris Iannetta and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Chatwood’s recovery had progressed as far as throwing batting practice last week before he experienced a setback. Saunders also notes that Chatwood will be undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time, with the first coming as a 16-year-old high school pitcher.

Tyler Chatwood headed to disabled list with hamstring strain

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood will be placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The move will be made prior to Wednesday’s game, when right-hander Jordan Lyles will be called up to replace him and start against the Marlins.

Chatwood actually suffered the injury while legging out a triple during a Cactus League game on Friday. He was able to make it through a bullpen session yesterday, but the Rockies are concerned about doing things like running the bases and covering first base. The hope is that he’ll make one rehab start and return to the rotation on April 12 against the Giants.

Chatwood, 24, posted a 3.15 ERA and 66/41 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings last season. His 58.5 percent ground ball rate was second-highest among pitchers with at least 110 innings pitched.

Fun with roster construction, starring the Colorado Rockies

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The Rockies may have the most interesting and unintentionally hilarious roster going into Opening Day. They’ll carry 14 pitchers, including two that are injured (Jhoulys Chacin and Boone Logan, who don’t count against the 25-man limit), as well as two catchers, only five infielders, and six (six!) outfielders.

The rotation will include Jorge De La Rosa, Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, and Franklin Morales. The bullpen will have LaTroy Hawkins, Rex Brothers, Wilton Lopez, Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Chad Bettis, and Tommy Kahnle.

Jordan Pacheco will be the back-up to Wilin Rosario at catcher. Justin Morneau, D.J. LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, and Nolan Arenado make up the starting infield, while Charlie Culberson will be the utility man. The starting outfield will include Carlos Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs, and Michael Cuddyer, while Charlie Blackmon,Corey Dickerson, and Brandon Barnes will be the reserves.