Report: Fowler to sign with rival Cardinals
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Former Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler will sign with the St. Louis Cardinals according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. Fowler is currently traveling for his physical on Friday in St. Louis and the team hopes to announce the deal tomorrow.
The deal is reportedly in the five-year range around $80-$90 million. This move will allow the Cardinals to bat Fowler leadoff and move Matt Carpenter down in the order.
Fowler had strong interest from the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and others with his impressive season spearheading the Cubs offense.
The positive news for the Cubs since he rejected their qualifying offer, the Cardinals will lose their 19th pick in the 2017 draft and put Cubs pick at the end of the first round.
Fowler 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.