MLB Rumors: How The Cubs Get Ready For Dexter Fowler’s Departure?
Free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler has everything going on for him. He has been making waves during this season and it gives him the opportunity to look for a team with a better deal.
Fowler started his professional baseball career in 2004 after he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14 round of the 2004 MLB Baseball Draft. But his luck changed when he moved over to the Chicago Cubs.
He was traded to the Cubs for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. His 2015 season career ended with a .250 average with 102 runs scored, 46 RBIs, 17 HRs, and 20 stolen bases.
In October 2016, the Cubs saw the team play in the World Series and Fowler along with several other teammates became the first African-American players to play for the series. He also is the first African-American to appear and to bat for the Cubs in a World Series.
However, it was not the reason why he became so in demand in the league. Fowler led the team in Game 7 of the World Series with a home run and he became the first player in history to do so.
Fowler helped the Cubs win the championship and later on declined his mutual option to become a free agent. Now that the dust has cleared, the Cubs has accepted his decision and started to move on. The Chicago Tribune reported that Cubs signed free agent outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract.
Jay, who is a .287 hitter in seven seasons, is believed to have accepted an $8 million contract with the Cubs. He batted .297 with 24 doubles and 10 home runs in a career-high 159 games which greatly help the Cardinals in their last World Series title in 2011.
Now that the Cubs have found his replacement, the question is where will Fowler go? There are speculations that the Toronto Blue Jays are eager to pick Fowler to their roster.
According to Blue Bird Banter, MLB Writer Jon Heyman said that the Jays have a strong interest in Fowler. Fowler will give the team both a leadoff hitter and a switch hitter. He's been slightly better vs. LHP over his career. Last year he hit .270/.392/.435 vs. RHP, .293/.396/.480 vs. LHP.
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