Veteran right-hander Tyler Chatwood nearing agreement to pitch in Japan, per report

Veteran right-hander Tyler Chatwood will end up being the most recent big-league gamer to sign with an Asian league throughout Major League Baseball’s owner-imposed lockout. Chatwood is anticipated to sign with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, according to Sports Hochi, a Japanese publication. Chatwood’s agreement will be revealed in the coming days, per the report.

Chatwood, who commemorated his 32nd birthday in December, made 32 looks in the majors last season while splitting time in between the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t fare so well in those contests, collecting a 5.63 AGE (79 AGE+) and a 1.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That effort raised his profession marks to a 4.45 AGE (101 AGE+) and a 1.43 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 229 looks.

While Chatwood has actually constantly had great things, he has hardly ever had the command and control needed to take advantage of it. Indeed, he has actually provided more than a walk for every single 2 innings included the majors, consisting of almost 6 strolls per 9 in 2015.

Last week, CBS Sports reported on why a lot of significant complimentary representatives were leaving the United States in favor of either Japan or South Korea throughout the lockout. Here’s a bit of the short article:

“The uncertainty surrounding what the market is going to look like post-lockout is the clearest reason why some of these fringe players are going overseas,” a firm source stated. “The top-of-the-market free agents are still going to have teams pursuing them, but the marginal types have zero leverage and teams are going to move through that group of players quickly so more guys are seeking security.”

Given Chatwood’s play in 2021 (he ended up listed below the replacement-level limit, according to Baseball Reference’s estimations), it makes good sense that he would go overseas and try to transform himself in a brand-new environment. The resurgence stories penned by Josh Lindblom and Nick Martínez in the last few years have actually shown that MLB groups are more than happy to take possibilities on pitchers who have actually held their own in NPB regardless of checkered performance history stateside. 

Chatwood is the 3rd ex-big-league gamer to sign up with the Hawks in current weeks. Previously, they signed right-hander Colin Rea and infielder Freddy Galvis (who got a multi-year agreement).

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