Cubs sign outfielder Dexter Fowler for 2016, option for 2017

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MESA, Ariz - What seemed a done deal earlier in the week between him and the Baltimore Orioles has changed on Thursday.

That's great news for Cubs fans.

In a dramatic change the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a contract for the 2016 season with an option for 2017. It was reported earlier in the week that Fowler signed a three-year, 35 million dollar deal with the Orioles but that fell through.

Fowler quickly posted a message to Cubs fans on Twitter following the signing on Thursday.

It was a joyous moment for the team during an early morning workout at Spring Training in Mesa. Team President Theo Epstein brought Fowler out to meet with the team as they gathered around the mound in Mesa, Arizona.

In his first season with the Cubs, Fowler hit .250 with 17 homers and 46 RBI's while sporting a fielding percentage of .988 in center field. He was critical to the Cubs' NL Wild Card Playoff win over the Pirates by going 3-for-4 from the plate with a homer run in their 4-0 victory. It was the Cubs' first playoff triumph in 12 years.

Hence there was a lot of excitement from the club when he decided to rejoin.

Fowler adds to a potent outfield lineup that includes free agent signee Jason Heyward along with Jorge Soler. Kyle Schwarber will also be used in the outfield as well as Joe Maddon will have one of the best outfield tandems in baseball at his disposal.