Dexter Fowler is one of the numerous free agent outfielders that remain available this winter. Fowler was expected to sign a four-year contract when the off-season started but outside of Jason Heyward, the market has been slow for Fowler as well as Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Alex Gordon before he re-signed with the Royals.
Other than Denard Span, outfielders have inked shorter deals for less guaranteed money than predicted in November. Even Jason Heyward’s eight-year, $184 million contract is less in terms of years and dollars than some thought he would end up signing.
According to Anthony Castrovince, with the prices on free agent outfielders dropping the Tigers are a team to keep an eye on. And over the last two days, Dexter Fowler has been connected to the Tigers by Nick Cafardo and Jon Heyman.
Nick Cafardo reported, “Fowler could wind up being one of the real bargains of the free agent class. He’s likely not getting the three-year, $31 million deal Denard Span got, but he should get a three-year deal. Hard to see where he fits, but if the Rockies trade Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez, you could see a fit there. The Tigers could also bite.”
The Tigers have discussed Dexter Fowler according to Jon Heyman along with Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Chris Davis and Ian Desmond. If the money is right, the Tigers could sign one of the five players or just go with a platoon in left field and add someone like Ryan Raburn to the roster.
Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi reported over the weekend the Tigers “continue to monitor outfield and bullpen markets.” And Morosi would consider Fowler as being in the mix for the Tigers.
As the roster is currently constructed, the Tigers have Anthony Gose, Cameron Maybin and J.D. Martinez penciled in as starters with Tyler Collins and Steven Moya listed as backups.
The Rockies would be an interesting fit for Fowler. There is obviously a familiarity for both sides. The Rockies drafted and developed Fowler and he spent his first six seasons in the majors in Colorado. The Rockies dealt him to Houston for Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes in December 2013.
Colorado is considered the favorites for Gerardo Parra and most believe that if the Rockies sign Parra a trade could be in place to send one of the three available outfielders (Gonzalez, Blackmon, Dickerson) elsewhere.
Bruce Levine thinks there is a fit for Fowler with the White Sox, Rangers, Mariners or Indians but did not specifically say those teams are interested in signing him. And there is a possibility the Cubs could re-sign Fowler, but that would seem to depend on the Cubs including Jorge Soler in a deal for a starting pitcher.
While Dexter Fowler’s market seemed to shrink by Denard Span signing with the Giants and the Nationals acquiring Ben Revere from the Blue Jays, there appears to be several other teams interested in him that were not viewed as options earlier in the off-season.