CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs added to their rotation on Thursday, agreeing to a $38 million, three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

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Tyler Chatwood (credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

“Obviously, the focus of the winter has been pitching,” president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.

Chatwood joins a team with three straight NL Championship Series appearances and a World Series title in 2016. He figures to slot into the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

He gets $12.5 million in each of the next two seasons and $13 million in 2020. His 2020 salary would rise to $15 million if he is an All-Star in the previous two seasons and $17 million if he gets Cy Young consideration in the prior two years.

“I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is being part of the rotation and having a chance to win,” he said. “They’re a proven winning team.”

Chatwood, who turns 28 next week, was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts, for Colorado last year. He is 40-46 with a 4.31 ERA over six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels (2011) and Rockies (2012-14, 2016-17).

But the Cubs believe he will have more success throwing his curve at Wrigley Field than he did in the high altitude at Coors Field. Chatwood tied Washington’s Stephen Strasburg for second in the National League with a 2.57 ERA in road games the past two years.

“He’s an uber-talented right-hander moving into his prime,” Epstein said. “We think his best days are ahead of him.”

Two healthy years have also eased concerns about Chatwood’s durability. He was limited to four starts in 2014 and missed the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery.

Epstein said Chatwood passed his physical “with flying colors.”

“Now that he’s had back-to-back offseasons really to focus on putting himself in position to get through the long season, we’re confident — especially with the depth that we have — that he’s someone who can get through the whole year and hopefully be in good position as we do our jobs and get ready for October,” Epstein said.

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