MESA, Ariz. — Tyler Chatwood stated he put in the winter concentrating a lot more on fixing what broke in 2018 than on looking for any trade discuss about him right after his wild and woolly debut year with the Cubs.
What’s a lot more, the bulldogged Chatwood seems to be all around the clubhouse at the likes of Cole Hamels — who was brought again to be part of 4 a lot more locked-in Cubs starters — and nevertheless insists he wishes a starting job.
But Chatwood also insists he wishes no part of a trade, even if it could be his greatest shot at acquiring his way again into a rotation.
“That has not even crossed my intellect,” stated Chatwood, who shattered the franchise record with a stroll amount of 8.2 for each 9 innings in 2018. “Last offseason, I signed a a few-calendar year deal listed here for the reason that I desired to win. I selected to be listed here. This is wherever I desired to be.”
In what could conclude up a circumstance of be-very careful-what-you-want-for, Chatwood commenced the steep, uphill climb towards his objective Sunday with two blended-final results innings in his spring debut against the Giants. Soon after a leadoff single, adopted by a double-engage in ball, he walked Evan Longoria on 5 pitches and then gave up a two-operate homer to Brandon Belt on a 2-2 changeup. He bought two brief outs in the second inning, then strike Rene Rivera with a 3-2 pitch, then retired the upcoming batter on Kyle Schwarber’s diving engage in in remaining subject.
“I felt like I produced some superior pitches, so it was superior,” stated Chatwood, whose delivery appeared quieter than final year’s.
Chatwood, who signed with the Cubs right after 6 many years with the Rockies, was billed as a “stuff” pitcher who could prosper as soon as he bought out of Coors Field and could use all his pitches a lot more successfully.
But his command meltdown price him his rotation place when the Cubs acquired Hamels at the trade deadline in July. And with no way to bank on Chatwood as they approached a pivotal 2019 year, the Cubs blew most of their finances overall flexibility to physical exercise Hamels’ $20 million agreement alternative.
“Obviously, if everyone have been wholesome, it’s heading to be tough for [Chatwood] to be ready to match in the [starting] 5 — unquestionably it is,” stated supervisor Joe Maddon, who raves about Chatwood’s skill. “He’s thrilling. The way his ball moves is unusual. A lot of it’s in his regulate how this is all heading to engage in out.”
That’s practically virtually accurate, but probably not the way Maddon meant.
If everyone else on the workers is wholesome, the Cubs have their starting 5, their backup sixth male (Mike Montgomery) and no realistic place to use Chatwood that doesn’t fundamentally include mop-up get the job done. In point, if he pitches perfectly this spring, he’s a lot more likely to be shopped by the finances-strained Cubs to consider to recoup some of the $25.5 million remaining on his agreement.
Chatwood, who thinks he located an respond to to his delivery by way of two coaching mates again home in California, sticks with a stone-faced, competitive approach when talking about the aims that continue to be crystal clear in his intellect.
“I want to be a starting pitcher,” he stated.
And he wishes to do it again with this staff. The relaxation is sounds to him — specially the trade discuss.
“I have not even considered about that,” he stated. “I can’t regulate that. My job is just to go out there and pitch and demonstrate these men I’m again to what I was and experience superior, and then make the final decision tough on them.”