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Dexter Fowler | Outfielder | #25

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 14 (0) / COL
Contract: view contract details
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Cardinals signed OF Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract numbers for Fowler, who also received a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals entered the offseason looking for a new center fielder and possible leadoff man and they now have one in Fowler, who batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 steals over 125 games this past season. He'll allow the Cards to move Matt Carpenter down to the middle of the batting order and Randal Grichuk to left field. Dec 9 - 11:19 AM

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FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field with Matt Holliday out of the picture.
Dec 8 - 9:59 PM

According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals made an "over-the-top offer" to be sure they landed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Multiple reports state Fowler is on his way to St. Louis for a pre-signing physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the deal is done and that it's expected to be big, perhaps in the $80-90 million range. It's safe to say he got the $18 million AAV (average annual value) he was seeking. Fowler is tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs. He registered a solid .276/.393/.447 slash-line with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season.
Dec 8 - 8:55 PM

According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports, free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis on Friday.

Cusumano says that he confirmed the information with the team. This would seem to indicate that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Fowler and that the physical would be the formality to making things official. No word yet on the terms involved, but Fowler's reps were said to be looking for $18 million annually in a multi-year pact. The 30-year-old is coming off a strong season for the World Series champion Cubs where he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games. While the defense isn't great in center field, it would fit into the team's goals of adding some speed and athleticism this winter.
Dec 8 - 7:14 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN hears from a rival executive that the Cardinals' offer to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four-year, $60 million offer from the Blue Jays.

Meanwhile, Fowler is aiming for a multi-year deal worth $18 million per season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals aren't that far off at the moment, so perhaps the first one willing to budge on the AAV (average annual value) will get him.
Dec 6 - 3:06 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 6 - 8:11 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are a strong possibility for free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

The Cardinals would presumably love to steal the leadoff hitter away from their division-rival Cubs while filling their void in center field. Fowler, who is seeking around $18 million per year in a multi-year deal, has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays.
Dec 4 - 9:28 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays and Dexter Fowler are still apart in negotiations.

He's coming off of a resurgent season where he slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 stolen bases as a catalyst for the World Champion Cubs. Fowler is looking for a multi-year deal for around $18 million annually. He'd be a nice fit atop the Blue Jays lineup, but if they're going to throw around that kind of money they may be better off just re-signing Edwin Encarnacion instead.
Dec 4 - 9:20 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Dexter Fowler's representatives believe he can get $18 million per season on a multi-year deal.

What a difference a year makes. Fowler ended up settling for a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Cubs last offseason after draft pick compensation impacted his market, but the outlook is much rosier this time after he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016. Granted, Fowler wasn't nearly as productive after the start of June, but he's a switch-hitter with proven on-base ability. Heyman hears that the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the clubs believed to have interest.
Dec 1 - 7:29 PM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Wednesday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler.

It's not a big surprise, especially after the club signed Jon Jay on Tuesday. "We'd never close the door on Dexter, but we're aware that's something that may not happen for us," said Hoyer. Fowler rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs and while he had to settle for a one-year deal to return to Chicago last offseason, he should have no problem landing a lucrative multi-year contract this time around. The Blue Jays are among the teams who reportedly have interest. The Cubs appear set to move on with Jay and Albert Almora in center field, but Jason Heyward is also an option if they want to go with Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber in the corner spots.
Nov 30 - 2:04 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in Dexter Fowler.

MLB Network's Jon Morosi linked the two parties 10 days ago, and it sounds like talks may be heating up. Fowler represents the kind of high-OBP switch-hitting outfielder the Blue Jays covet, but a host of other high-budget teams like him too. He slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 84 runs scored in 125 regular-season games this past season for the World Series champs.
Nov 29 - 8:10 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have shown interest in free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

Heyman passes along that the Yankees have shown interest in a number of free-agent bats (Matt Holliday, Brandon Moss, Mike Napoli among them), though at this point it doesn't sound like there is anything imminent in terms of an actual signing. The Blue Jays are one club reported to also be in the mix for Fowler's services, though their tangible interest could largely depend on what happens with free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.
Nov 23 - 6:47 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays are considering Dexter Fowler.

He also says they're looking at Adam Eaton as they seek a left-handed hitting outfielder with good on-base skills. Fowler is reportedly seeking a four-year contract, while Eaton would obviously have to be acquired via trade. The Blue Jays have been connected to a host of hitters this winter as they look for alternatives in the event that they lose Edwin Encarnacion and/or Jose Bautista.
Nov 18 - 10:39 AM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670TheScore.com reports that Dexter Fowler is seeking a four-year contract this offseason.

Fowler will turn 31 next March, but asking for four years this winter isn't unreasonable. The outfielder is coming off arguably his best season to date, having put up a .276/.393/.447 batting line with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases and 84 runs scored. He also had his best year as far as defensive metrics go. Clubs would surely prefer Fowler on a three-year contract, but he should be able to squeeze a fourth year out of someone.
Nov 14 - 6:05 PM

Dexter Fowler has rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

It would have represented a substantial raise from Fowler's $8 million salary in 2016, but he's set to land a lucrative multi-year contract this offseason. Assuming Fowler lands elsewhere this winter -- which looks to be likely -- the Cubs will pick up a draft pick.
Nov 14 - 5:10 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Jedd Gyorko
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Michael Wacha
7Luke Weaver
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Trevor Rosenthal
4Matt Bowman
5Tyler Lyons
6Jonathan Broxton
7Miguel Socolovich
8Sam Tuivailala
9Mike Mayers
10John Gant
11Rowan Wick
12Zach Duke
13Zach Phillips