Dexter Fowler backed out of his deal with the Orioles in order to sign a one year deal with a mutual option for a second. The one year deal is worth 8 mil. For signing Fowler, the Cubs will lose their second round pick.
The addition of Fowler will allow the Cubs to move Jason Heyward to his natural position of right field. Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber may share left field or another arrangement could be reached. Given that Fowler isn’t viewed as a positive defensive center fielder, it’s possible Heyward will remain penciled in up the middle. The club now has a wealth of outfield depth with Ben Zobrist and Javier Baez also in the mix for reps.
Baltimore now appears to be on the market for a last second outfielder as the loss of Fowler was a significant blow this late in the off-season.