Dexter Fowler is back on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. Fowler received $8 million base salary for 2016 with a $5 million buyout on the $9 million mutual option. Fowler received $13 million guaranteed on his contract.
To make room for Fowler on the 40-man roster, LHP Zac Rosscup was placed on the 60-day DL.
With Thursday’s roster moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
According to Jon Heyman and Bruce Levine, Fowler insisted on an opt-out from the Orioles after first year and Dan Duquette would not give him the opt-out.
The Cubs and outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to terms on a 2016 contract with a mutual option for the 2017 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. To make room for Fowler on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.
Fowler, who turns 30 next month, returns to the Cubs after batting .250 (149-for-596) in 156 games and setting career highs in many offensive categories, including 102 runs scored, 17 home runs, 149 hits and 84 walks, which contributed to his .346 on-base percentage, 96 points above his batting average. He batted .272 (73-for-268) with a .389 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage, good for an .852 OPS, in 71 games after the All-Star Break to help lead the Cubs to the National League Championship Series.
The switch-hitter is a career .267 hitter (875-for-3,278) with a .363 on-base percentage in all or part of eight major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2008-13), Houston Astros (2014) and Cubs (2015). Per 162 games, Fowler has averaged 29 doubles, 11 triples, 11 homers, 20 stolen bases, 82 walks and a .418 slugging to contribute to a career .781 OPS. Including a .326 average (44-for-135) and .399 on-base percentage last year, Fowler is a career .303 hitter (284-for-937) with a .392 on-base percentage when batting from the right side of the plate.
Fowler has exclusively played center field since his first full season in the big leagues in 2009, when he finished eighth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, and his 65 triples since 2009 lead all major leaguers covering the last seven seasons. He set the Rockies record for triples in a single season in 2010 (14) and again in 2011 (15), when he also recorded a career-high 35 doubles.
A native of Atlanta, GA, Fowler was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 Draft out of Milton (GA) High School.