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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.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.