Jasen Vinlove - USA Today Sports
Jasen Vinlove - USA Today Sports

Dexter Fowler rejects Cubs 1-year offer

by - Senior Editor -

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler has officially turned down the Cubs qualifying offer of 17.2 million and will now become a free agent. The Cubs will get a draft pick for compensation if Fowler signs with another team.

Fowler has strong interest from the Cardinals, Giants, and others with his impressive season spearheading the Cubs offense.

"I'm definitely going to be a free agent, but hopefully it happens a little bit quicker than last year," Fowler said on ESPN's SportsCenter recently. You can't control what goes on, but I loved my time in Chicago and I'm definitely not counting them out, but we'll see what God has planned for us now."

He batted .276 with 13 homers, 48 RBIs, and 13 steals this season and was named to his first National League All-Star team. However, his numbers do not tell the tale of his play, leadership, and how great of a teammate he was during his time with the Cubs.

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