The Colorado Rockies and injured starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood avoided arbitration on Wednesday by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to a team announcement. Chatwood will earn $2 million guaranteed.
Chatwood will take home $1 million in both 2015 and 2016, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The Rockies could pay Chatwood an additional $250,000 in the second year of the deal if he makes a certain amount of starts.
Chatwood, 25, made only four starts last season, posting a 4.50 ERA in 24 innings. That followed a breakout 2013 campaign in which the right-hander finished with a 3.15 ERA/142 ERA+ in 111⅓ frames. Chatwood struck out only 5.3 batter per nine innings that season but cut down on his walks dramatically, a trend that continued -- albeit in a much smaller sample size -- in 2014.
Colorado also avoided arbitration with Drew Stubbs and Jordan Lyles on Wednesday. The club still needs to work out agreements with fellow arb-eligible players Rex Brothers, Jhoulys Chacin, Michael McKenry, Adam Ottavino and Wilin Rosario.