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Colorado Rockies, Tyler Chatwood agree to terms, avoid arbitration

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The diminutive righty will earn $4.4 million next season.

The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms with right handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood, avoiding arbitration. According to Thomas Harding, the one-year deal is reportedly worth $4.4 million. This is just under the projected $4.8 million contract that MLB Trade Rumors had.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 in exchange for Chris Iannetta, Chatwood returned to the mound this season after missing most of 2015 and 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. In 27 games he threw a career-high 158 innings with a 3.47 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 117 strikeouts (6.7 K/9), and 70 walks (4.0 K/9). The primary question heading into 2017 is whether he can maintain his previous level of performance and health.

After the signings of Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon earlier today, the Rockies have agreed to contracts with each of the five players eligible for arbitration this offseason. Jordan Lyles agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.175 million on November 30, and Jake McGee signed for $5.9 million on December 2, just before the non-tender deadline.