While the Cubs continue to expect Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani to choose a Major League organization, they took a moment on Thursday to sign a much-needed starting pitcher at Tyler Chatwood.
"There are moments to attack quickly, and there are times to wait and gain courage," Cubs president Theo Epstein said after the announcement that Chatwood had signed a three-year, $ 38 million contract.
"Starting to launch is an area where there is more demand than supply, (while) in certain areas of the relief market there is a lot of supply, we think that if we could get the right holder in a reasonable deal before the winter meetings It was something we would like to do, it was not something we felt we had to do. "
Chatwood, 28 later this month, offers a good fit for now behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana in the Cubs rotation. There is also room for Ohtani, 23, the pitcher / hitter who could decide to sign with the Cubs or one of the other six finalists next week at the winter baseball meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Epstein declined to comment Ohtani, saying, "That's our choice, we have a lot of respect for the player and the process, so we'll let the information (regarding his signing) come from (his) team. "
Lefty Mike Montgomery or another addition could serve as a sixth starter if Ohtani chooses the Cubs.