Cubs reportedly favorite to re-sign free agent OF Fowler
Free agent Dexter Fowler may not be moving far, or at all, potentially signing a new deal as the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are both trying to acquire the centerfielder.
According to CBS Chicago, one baseball executive believes the Cubs are the favorite of the land Fowler and that he likely test the free-agent market too early, and should have taken the Cubs' qualifying offer.
"The Cubs are still the most likely landing spot for Fowler," the unnamed executive told CBS Chicago. "He should have taken the Cubs' qualifying offer and moved into the free agent class of 2017."
While the Cubs made the biggest splash of the offseason signing outfielder Jason Heyward, they are still lacking a true centerfielder with Heyward being most comfortable in right field, where he's won a Gold Glove, and Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler taking over left. Heyward was rumored to possibly be taking over centerfield, but acquiring a top-notch defender in center, such as Fowler, would be more preferred.
The White Sox could offer Fowler more money to sign on the city's south side, but he would have a better chance to win now should he go with the Cubs.
Fowler made $9.5 million with the Cubs in 2015, and was offered a qualifying offer of $15.8 million for one year. In his one season with the Cubs after being traded during the 2015 offseason from the Houston Astros, Fowler hit .250 with a .346 on-base percentage, scoring a career-high 102 runs while hitting 17 home runs, another career best.