Cubs, OF Fowler agree to $9.5 million deal, avoid arbitration
CHICAGO — The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
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 RBI last year in his only season with the Astros. He has a .271 career average.
Chicago acquired Fowler for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.
Right-hander Pedro Strop in the Cubs’ last player in arbitration. He has asked for a raise from $1,325,000 to $3 million and has been offered $2 million.