Dexter Fowler is one of many outfielders still on the market. And there is still a possibility he could return to the Cubs on a short-term deal. The Giants are one of the teams that have been linked to Fowler and he was in the Bay Area on Monday with his financial advisor.
Craig Calcaterra caught the photo that Fowler tweeted Monday and connected the dots. As the report on Hardball Talk pointed out, Fowler attended the Golden State Warriors game and had courtside seats.
It is unknown whether Fowler met with the Giants or has a meeting scheduled with them. The Giants are reportedly looking for an outfielder, one that preferably can play center to protect them against another Angel Pagan injury.
The Giants are one of a handful of teams (Nationals, Padres, Marlins) still in the market for an outfielder that has been connected to Fowler this off-season.
Buster Olney reported the deep free agent market could benefit the Giants. And the team’s outfield picture will likely look a lot different when Spring Training starts than their depth chart does on Jan. 5.
Olney thinks the Giants will end up with a really good outfielder, like Dexter Fowler, “because of all the available choices.”
San Francisco has also been linked to Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Alex Gordon as well as centerfielders Denard Span and Austin Jackson.
The Giants would have to surrender its second round draft pick to sign Dexter Fowler. The Giants already forfeited its first round pick. But it is an even year and San Francisco is going for it in 2016. Bobby Evans improved his rotation, on paper, by signing Jeff Samardzija and landing Johnny Cueto. The Giants had their sights set on Zack Greinke, but he signed a megadeal with the Diamondbacks, so the Giants used the same money to add Samardzija and Cueto to the rotation behind Madison Bumgarner.
Adding a player, like Fowler, would make a very good team even better.
If Dexter Fowler signs with another team, the Cubs will receive a compensatory draft pick. Because that pick is not protected, the Cubs will have to surrender it because the team signed two players (John Lackey, Jason Heyward) attached to draft pick compensation.
Teams have to forfeit the highest, unprotected picks, for each free agent signed that has rejected a qualifying offer from his former team. Currently, the Cubs have given up picks in the first and second round for adding Lackey and Heyward. When Fowler signs with another club the Cubs will end up surrendering its first round pick and compensatory pick. The Cubs first pick in June’s Draft will be in the second round once Fowler signs.
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