excited cat kittenAs the Chris Coghlan trade and Dexter Fowler signing happened wholly unexpected and insanely fast, there was an awful lot of confusion going around the web. With one breath, Brett told me to stop what I was doing and immediately write up Aaron Brooks – the return for Chris Coghlan – and then immediately after, I had to stop once again to edit and update everything as the story continued to unfold.

So let’s step back and check in on everything that just went down, how it went down, and what it means.

First and foremost, you might recall, Dexter Fowler had reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $33 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles just the other day. It was a fine deal for Fowler and all was well at Cubs Camp. The Cubs were about to get their second round pick back, they still had Chris Coghlan to rotate into the outfield, and they were loosely connected to Austin Jackson.

But then, today, out of nowhere, the Cubs traded Chris Coghlan to the Oakland A’s for right hander Aaron Brooks.

Which led to a (incorrect) prediction that was just moments too soon, although the sentiment was correct:

But that wasn’t to be, because Theo Epstein, Dexter Fowler, and the Chicago Cubs had something very different planned for our otherwise normal Thursday afternoon.



After the contract particulars begun to shake out, we eventually learned that Dexter Fowler had actually re-signed with the Chicago Cubs on a one-year deal that will pay him $8 million in 2016, and has a $9 million mutual option ($5 million buyout) for 2017. So, then, it’s basically a one-year, $13 million contract, with a highly-unlikely option for 2017.

But what happened with the Orioles? Everyone, including Anthony Rizzo, was under the impression that Fowler had signed a deal with Baltimore guaranteeing him $33 million. Here’s what Fowler, himself, had to say about that:

Apparently, there had also been some desire (From Fowler’s camp) to include an opt-out in the deal and the Orioles were not interested in making such a concession (especially at the expense of a lost draft pick). Together with Fowler’s apparent desire to be back with Chicago and the not “officially-official” deal with Baltimore, Dexter Fowler is once again a Chicago Cub.



For more on the re-signing of Dexter Fowler, Mark Gonzales provides video of Cubs President Theo Epstein discussing it:

More from Epstein:

Well get much deeper into the particulars of who will play where, how time will be split up and the rest of the fallout for the Cubs, but here are some close thoughts on the transition from Coghlan to Fowler:

For what it’s worth:

With Maddon at the helm, I am perfectly confident that the Cubs will make their fantastic group of outfielders work. Lastly, this:

It has been one crazy afternoon, and we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on the fallout of this move. At least now, we know what happened.



Now fun stuff:

And the video that will make you smile the biggest smiles:

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.




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