CHICAGO – Dexter Fowler is officially a free agent.
According to multiple reports, Fowler declined the Cubs $17.2 million qualifying offer.
It's official: Dexter Fowler rejected the #Cubs qualifying offer. He's now a free agent
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) November 14, 2016
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.