Dexter Fowler will reportedly decline $17.2 million qualifying offer … Cubs to stay in communication with agent about possible return
According to a report from Jon Heyman, Dexter Fowler will decline the $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs by Monday’s deadline. Fowler was expected to decline it. It would have been more of a surprise if he accepted and returned to the Cubs on a one-year deal.
Fowler is garnering a lot of attention and should sign the multi-year contract this off-season that he was unable to a year ago. By making Fowler the qualifying offer if he signs with another team the Cubs will receive a compensation pick and slot money for the 2017 Draft.
The Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Blue Jays are the teams that have been linked to Dexter Fowler this week.
The Cubs are interested in bringing Fowler back next season. Fowler is going to test the market while the Cubs stay in communication with his agent Casey Close.
Jerry Crasnick spoke with Jed Hoyer about Fowler and was told “the team plans to engage in talks” with his agent. The Cubs “have interest in retaining Fowler.”
Dexter Fowler is reportedly looking for a three- to four-year contract with an AAV of around $14 million.
Fowler earned a trip to San Diego and was voted in as a starter in the All-Star Game but was unable to play due to a hamstring injury. Fowler hit .290/.398/.483 with 19 doubles, three triples and seven home runs for a .881 OPS in 64 games prior to the injury. Fowler batted .261/.387/.408 with six doubles, four triples and six home runs for a .795 OPS after returning from the DL.
Fowler hit .276/.393/.447 with 25 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs for a .840 OPS. Fowler walked 79 times with 124 strikeouts and 84 runs scored in 125 games this past season.
Dexter Fowler turns 31 on March 22. In his two years with the Cubs, Fowler hit .261/.367/.427 with 54 doubles, 15 triples and 30 home runs for a .794 OPS.