Bruce Levine just reported that the Cubs are close to dealing for outfielder Dexter Fowler:
Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 19, 2015
I’m a little tingly – and excitedly nervous – being that we’ve said for a little while now that Fowler is a near perfect fit for the Cubs in 2015. This could be a really, really excellent move. Stay calm, Brett. Nothing is done yet.
UPDATE: Just to point out the salary component here, Fowler has requested $10.8 million for 2015, and Houston filed at just $8.5 million. That’ll dampen the return here, but it’s going to involve something(s) you’ll be sad to see the Cubs lose. That’s the nature of these kinds of deals. If it happens, I mean.
UPDATE 2: Speaking of the return, Ken Rosenthal says it involves big league player(s). The Astros are believed to be looking for pitching, so we’ll see where this goes. The Cubs also may have needed to move a little salary to open up room for Fowler, and that could play into this.
UPDATE 3: Susan Slusser reports that one of the players going to the Astros is Dan Straily, whom the Cubs can afford to lose, but who does still have big league potential. That’s probably a very good fit for the Astros.
UPDATE 4: Jon Heyman also says this is close to happening, so, yeah, it’s close to happening. Eeeeeeeee …
UPDATE 5: Well, about that eeeeeee. Jeff Passan says Luis Valbuena is also going to Houston. Being that Valbuena, alone, seems to have more total value than Fowler, I’d like to think there’s more to this. Maybe another player. Maybe cash. We’ll see.
UPDATE 6: Patrick Mooney confirms those three names (and it kinda sounds like only those three names), which would make me think there has to be cash involved. Or there’s still another name or two.
UPDATE 7: The Cubs have announced the trade, and there’s no mention of cash. Presently, looks like it’s just a straight up Valbuena and Straily for Fowler. Thrilled to get Fowler, disappointed to lose Valbuena. I’ll have a more complete take in a bit.