Although it will be met, for obvious reasons, by considerably less maudlin and misty-eyed memories, the Cubs have now officially lost a second member of their rotation in one night.
Tyler Chatwood, a free agent departure like Jon Lester, is now off to join the Blue Jays:
Source confirms: Free-agent right-hander Tyler Chatwood in agreement with Blue Jays, pending physical. First: @JonHeyman.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2021
Deal pays him $3 million with incentives that can push it to $5.5m, per source. https://t.co/BzapAchZx5
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) January 19, 2021
Unlike Lester, who just signed with the Nationals, there wasn’t much chatter about the Cubs actually trying to re-up with Chatwood, whose three-year deal just expired. Vexing in so many ways, Chatwood was alternatingly too wild to use and shockingly nasty. The stuff, the mix, the velocity, and the spin all screamed front-of-the-rotation, but the ability to actually harness it all – and stay healthy – was wanting. The Cubs took a big risk on Chatwood’s stuff and youth three years ago, and ultimately, it didn’t pay off.
None of which is to say he couldn’t still be very good. We got flashes of it as recently as 2020 – remember how he added that disgusting cutter-slider hybrid? – and if he stays healthy and locates A LITTLE bit, he could be very good. Were he not already ON the Cubs, I think a lot of us would’ve looked at him as an ideal buy-low candidate FOR the Cubs.
So, based on the last couple hours, I’m guessing Jose Quintana will sign with someone in about 45 minutes?
Anywho, the Cubs have about two or three or four starters’ worth of innings to cover in 2021 (as in, even after Hendricks/Davies/Alzolay/Mills), and although some of it will be sourced internally among their upper level arms – Cory Abbott, Tyson Miller, Keegan Thompson, Justin Steele, etc. – some will have to come from external additions. Shelby Miller cannot and will not be counted on to be the extent of it.