Cubs make qualifying offer to Dexter Fowler … Only 10 players receive $17.2 million qualifying offer
The Cubs made free agent Dexter Fowler the $17.2 million qualifying offer for the 2017 season prior to Monday’s deadline. Fowler has until Monday, Nov. 14 to accept or decline.
Dexter Fowler is expected to decline the Cubs qualifying offer.
OF Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays), OF Yoenis Cespedes (Mets), OF/INF Ian Desmond (Rangers), 3B Justin Turner (Dodgers), RHP Kenley Jansen (Dodgers), RHP Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies), 2B Neil Walker (Mets), OF/DH Mark Trumbo (Orioles) and OF Dexter Fowler were the 10 players across baseball that received qualifying offers.
If Dexter Fowler declines the qualifying offer and signs with another team, the Cubs will receive a comp pick and slot money in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.
Dexter Fowler was the only one of the Cubs nine free agents that received the qualifying offer. Aroldis Chapman, Chris Coghlan and Joe Smith were not eligible. David Ross is retiring. Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill and Munenori Kawasaki can sign with any team or return to the Cubs.
Dexter Fowler is reportedly looking for a multi-year deal in the three to four-year range with an AAV of around $14 million.
The Cardinals, Giants and Mets are among the teams reportedly with the most interest in signing Dexter Fowler.
The Cubs and Fowler obviously have not closed the door on him re-signing with the team. Fowler has been a catalyst for the Cubs lineup the past two seasons while playing solid defense in the field.
Fowler batted .276/.393/.447 with 25 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs for a .840 OPS in 125 games this past season.
The Cubs made Fowler a qualifying offer last year that he declined. The draft pick compensation hurt Fowler in free agency the first time around.
In two years with the Cubs, Dexter Fowler hit .261/.367/.427 with 54 doubles, 15 triples and 30 home runs for a .794 OPS. Fowler scored 186 runs (84 in 2016) in 281 games.