Just to button up last night’s ongoing updates about outgoing Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler, multiple reports now confirm that the deal is done, and Fowler will today be introduced as the newest St. Louis Cardinal. A press conference has been scheduled for 10am CT, and you can watch – if you dare – on MLB.com.
Firm terms of the deal aren’t yet out, though Jon Heyman suggests the deal could be for five years, at around $16 million per year. That would be a significant get for Fowler, whose projected deal was closer to four years and $15 million AAV.
With the Cubs heading to St. Louis to open the 2017 season, that means – presumably – the first batter a Cubs pitcher faces next season will be none other than Fowler. That’s gonna be really weird.
The Cardinals will lose their first round draft pick in 2017 to sign Fowler, who had received and rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs. The Cubs, in turn, will pick up a compensatory draft pick after the first round. This year’s draft will certainly have a different feel for the Cubs, after last year not having a pick until the third round (thanks to signing away two Cardinals players, John Lackey and Jason Heyward).
Dexter Fowler bet on himself last year, after the Orioles mucked up their chance to sign him to a three-year deal, came back to the Cubs for a bargain, won a World Series, and now gets paid handsomely. I’m genuinely happy for him, and he’ll get a standing ovation from me when he returns to Chicago, regardless of the jersey on his back. I hope he does well (but, you know, somehow doesn’t actually help the Cardinals win too many games).