Dexter Fowler is one of the top players remaining on the market, and one of only three qualifying offer free agents unsigned as Spring Training quickly approaches.
It’s believed the Cubs are interested in re-signing Fowler on a short term contract, possibly a two-year deal with an opt-out after one year. The Cubs are not the only team in Chicago interested in Fowler.
David Kaplan reported Monday that after talking to people around the league it “sounds like it will be a tough putt to see Dexter Fowler back with the Cubs, could happen but stars have to align.”
Kaplan confirmed the White Sox “are in play for Fowler” and so are the Texas Rangers. Fowler is “hearing from a few teams that still want a bat.” And Phil Rogers added that he was told during SoxFest the White Sox “have not totally rules out signing a compensation free agent.”
Bruce Levine has consistently reported the Cubs are interested in re-signing Fowler and the White Sox have interest in the centerfielder. Fowler would help the Sox defensively in center, allow Adam Eaton to move to a corner and pair with Eaton to form a difficult top of the lineup for pitchers in the AL Central.
Levine is not sure that moving Jorge Soler would be necessary for the Cubs to re-sign Fowler. Levine thinks Joe Maddon could make an outfield rotation of Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler and Chris Coghlan work. Levine, however, appears to be the only mainstream reporter that feels Soler would not have to be moved in order for the Cubs to bring Fowler back.
Based on Kaplan’s report, other moves would have to happen in order for the Cubs to re-sign Fowler. And Jon Heyman said Friday night on MLB Network Soler would likely have to be dealt before the Cubs could add Fowler back to the roster.
Fowler would like to return to the Cubs but he would not tip his hand when discussing his off-season with David Ross.
Dexter Fowler should land with a team soon and where he signs will impact the Cubs moving forward.
Stay Tuned …