Orioles Sign Dexter Fowler

The Orioles completed a deal with Dexter Fowler on a 3 year, 35 million dollar contract.  Fowler is expected to the be the every day right fielder for Baltimore.

Fowler, 30 in March, should be penciled in as the everyday right fielder in Baltimore, as Adam Jones is locked into center field and offseason signee Hyun Soo Kim is said to be the team’s left fielder. (Baltimore reportedly doesn’t feel Kim has the arm strength for right field.) Fowler will bring to the top of the Orioles’ lineup a strong history of getting on base as well as moderate power and speed. The switch hitter is coming off a season in which he batted .250/.346/.411 with a career-best 17 home runs to go along with 20 stolen bases for the Cubs. He tacked on another pair of homers and another steal over the life of 39 postseason plate appearances with the Cubs, during which time he posted an .816 OPS. All told, Fowler is a career .267/.363/.418 hitter in 3830 Major League plate appearances. While he was at one time believed to be a product of Coors Field — his home park throughout the first four full seasons of his big league career — Fowler has quieted some of that talk by maintaining solid levels of production in Houston and Chicago after being traded in each of the past two offseasons.

From a defensive standpoint, metrics such as Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved have never been bullish on Fowler’s work in center field, though he could certainly profile more favorably with the shift to an outfield corner. Even if he doesn’t prove to be a standout defender in right field, he should provide superior glovework to internal candidates such as Mark Trumbo, Nolan Reimold and Ryan Flaherty.

Fowler was the last missing piece from the Orioles off-season checklist.  He will likely slot in the lead-off spot and gives the Orioles one of the most potent offenses in the league.

3 thoughts on “Orioles Sign Dexter Fowler

  1. Good snag for the Orioles, Scout. He has a tendency toward pulling muscles (I wouldn’t count on more than 130 games), but he has flown under the radar for most of his career as a good, productive offensive/defensive outfielder. He also had the rep at Houston of being a very good influence on the rookies.I was disappointed when they traded him to Chicago.

    Hope he works out well at Camden.

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