The Chicago Cubs made a lot of bad decisions after winning the 2016 World Series. One of them was giving Tyler Chatwood a ridiculous contract that he had absolutely no chance of surviving. He had a cup of coffee with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011 before a five-year stint with the Colorado Rockies from 2012-2017 (he didn’t play in 2013).
After the 2017 season in Denver, he signed the aforementioned contract with the Cubs. There, he could never be the four, or even five, starters they desperately needed. In fact, he’s been mean to them from 2018-2020.
In those three years he had an 11-11 record, which is too bad for a team that makes bad decisions after bad decisions but that’s not what they need from him. He also has an ERA of 4.70 and a WHIP of 1.608. He threw 184 shots (141 walks) in 199.0 plays.
Honestly, it was a disaster for him that would be an understatement. He had some incredible plays for a fair amount of money but it was never consistent enough to be appreciated as a pitcher. His orders never really matched things on a regular basis and he paid the price.
Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood has a new baseball home.
However, no one could speak ill of Chatwood. He didn’t sign himself a lucrative contract and he didn’t build a mostly flawed squad around him trying to accomplish anything from the 2016 season. All he did was showed up to work whenever he needed with maximum effort and a smile on his face. It didn’t go well in terms of production, which was painful but the expectations were unrealistic.
After the 2020 season ended, he became a free agent. In January 2021, he was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He played about half of his season there with them until his debut at the end of July. He then signed with the San Francisco Giants who was one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. They had a really good run.
As soon as that season ended, like the year before, he was granted free representation. Although this time he will not return to Major League Bsseball. He is going to Japan to play there with NPB’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
As mentioned before, he has performed very well in the past, so you have to wonder what led him to make such a decision so soon. It is most likely the key. Borderline MLB players can get financial security if they haven’t signed with a club.
Chatwood has made money in Japan and will try to reinvent himself. If that works, he might make it back to Major League Baseball but you never know. Either way, it’s good to see he has a new baseball home and he deserves some success there.
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