Dexter Fowler agrees to a deal with the Cardinals: Reports
CHICAGO – Before the beginning of the 2016 season it looked like his time with the Cubs would be just a single season.
But a potential deal with Orioles fell through with Dexter Fowler and he returned to the team he spent the 2015 season with for another year. It would prove to be a good decision as the center fielder helped the Cubs to their first World Series championship since 1908.
Now it appears that Fowler’s time in Chicago has indeed come to an end.
According to multiple reports tonight, the center fielder has come to a deal to join the Cubs’ NL Central rival Cardinals. Jon Heyman was the first to report the story.
How big? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch says the deal could near $20 million per season as Fowler heads to St. Louis to take a physical before officially signing a contract.
Fowler spent two seasons with the Cubs, helping the team with his solid defense and production as a leadoff hitter. He hit .250 with 17 homers and 46 RBIs in 2015 then rose his average up to .276 in 2016 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs.
In two playoff runs with the Cubs, Fowler showed some power in the leadoff spot as he hit five homers in 2015 and 2016. That included a solo home run to start off Game 7 of the World Series against the Indians which the Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings for their first title in 108 years.
Fowler was exception in the field during his time with the Cubs, coming in with fielding percentages of .988 and .983 in his two seasons with the team. In that time he had 11 outfield assists with just eight errors.