Dexter Fowler declines Cubs qualifying offer

CHICAGO – Dexter Fowler is officially a free agent.

According to multiple reports, Fowler declined the Cubs $17.2 million qualifying offer.

If he decides to sign with another team, the Cubs will receive a compensatory draft pick.

Fowler did the same thing last year before surprising his teammates at Spring Training after signing a one-year deal to return to Chicago.

The Cubs flourished with Fowler in the leadoff spot, where he batted .276 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 84 runs scored.