Dexter Fowler's value to the 2015 Cubs
| CJ Nitkowski
Rotowire: Jan 23 / 10:06a ET
News: Fowler and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Fowler was traded to Chicago earlier this week after spending last season with the Astros. He figures to serve as the Cubs' primary center fielder and leadoff hitter in 2015.
Rotowire: Jan 19 / 8:19a ET
News: Fowler was traded to the Cubs on Monday, Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports.
Impact: This move will give the Cubs a strong leadoff man as far as OBP goes and a veteran presence to help them transition to a competitive level. Fowler hasn't registered an OBP below .360 since 2010 and has reached double digits in stolen bases every full year he has played. The starting center fielder currently penciled in for the Cubs is former well-regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara, who will likely move into a super-utility role going forward. On the Astros' side, Robbie Grossman or Jake Marisnick will likely take over center field.
StatsLLC: Jan 19 / 12:00a ET
News: The Cubs and Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Impact: Fowler, acquired in a trade with Houston this week, made $7.35 million last season, completing an $11.6 million, two-year deal. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. He is eligible for free agency after the season. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros. He has a .271 career average.