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Dexter Fowler | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 190
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Cubs and OF Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.
It's $150,000 below the midpoint of figures exchanged last week between Fowler and the Astros. Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 116 games last season for Houston and is expected to patrol center field in Chicago. He's currently slated to hit free agency next offseason. Jan 23 - 12:50 PM

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Cubs acquired OF Dexter Fowler from the Astros for LHP Dan Straily and INF Luis Valbuena.

Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 116 games last season. The slugging number was a career-low for the 29-year-old, who missed a large chunk of games with various injuries. At his best, he gets on base at a good clip (career OBP of .366) and provides a fair bit of speed (19 steals in 2013). His bat isn't strong enough for him to be considered more than a slightly above-average fantasy option.
Jan 19 - 10:52 AM

Dexter Fowler requested $10.8 million and was offered $8.5 million from the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Fowler to earn $9 million which is much closer to the team's figure than it is to the 28-year-old outfielder's. Fowler's first season in Houston was a bit of a disappointment, as he slashed just .276/.375/.399 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 116 contests.
Jan 16 - 9:03 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Astros have discussed trading center fielder Dexter Fowler, as well as catchers Carlos Corporan and Jason Castro.

The acquisition of Evan Gattis from the Braves opens up the possibility that the Astros could trade Fowler, then move George Springer or Jake Marisnick into center field. Rosenthal adds the Astros could also trade Chris Carter, and another starting pitching signing -- of the Ryan Vogelsong or Kyle Kendrick variety -- could happen. The Astros are clearly moving into a new phase after years of rebuilding. They won 70 games in 2014, a significant improvement over 51, 55, and 56 wins in the three years prior.

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays have had trade talks with the Astros involving Dexter Fowler.

Fowler could slide into the center field spot that's been vacated by free agent Colby Rasmus. The 28-year-old is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter and would make for a nice bridge until Dalton Pompey is ready. Fowler batted .276/.375/.399 with eight homers and 11 steals for the Astros this past season.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 09:27:00 PM

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Fowler doubled and scored in the sixth inning. He's been a doubles machine of late, with five doubles and two runs scored in his last four games. Fowler is batting .274/.376/.407 in his first year with the Astros.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 08:53:00 PM

Dexter Fowler went 1-for-3 with a game-winning RBI walk in the Astros' come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Athletics on Sunday.

With two runners on, the A's intentionally walked Jose Altuve to load the bases for Fowler. The outfielder proceeded to draw a five-pitch walk, bringing in the go-ahead run without taking the bat off his shoulder. It's something Fowler is particularly adept at -- he's walked 61 times in 99 games this year, owning a .378 on-base percentage. Fowler also had a hit in three at-bats, raising his average to .272.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Dexter Fowler went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Fowler's RBI single started the Astros' four-run first inning. Fowler also walked twice, reaching base four times and raising his on-base percentage to .383. Since returning from an intercostal strain in mid-August, Fowler is batting .314 with nine runs scored in 19 games.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Dexter Fowler hit his eighth home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.

The homer off Athletics starter Jason Hammel was his only hit in four at-bats. Fowler has been pretty effective since returning from the disabled list on August 13, batting .280 with hits in nine of his 12 games in August. The outfielder is hitting .272/.376/.409 with 49 runs in 89 games this season.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 10:54:00 PM

Astros activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list.

Fowler has been on the shelf since late June with an intercostal strain. He was batting .277/.377/.396 with six home runs, six stolen bases, and 47 runs scored in 76 games before suffering the injury and can safely be returned to fantasy lineups.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday.

Fowler has been hitting the ball well on his minor league rehab assignment and can be added back to fantasy lineups right out of the gate. The 28-year-old center fielder has been out since June with an intercostal strain. He was batting .277/.377/.396 with six home runs, six stolen bases, and 47 runs scored in 76 games before suffering the injury.
Tue, Aug 12, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Astros manager Bo Porter said Monday that there's a "good chance" Dexter Fowler (intercostal) will be activated before the team's road trip begins on Thursday.

Fowler is 3-for-8 (.375) over his first three minor league rehab games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since late June with a strained intercostal muscle.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Fowler will first take batting practice at OKC on Thursday as one final test of his previously-strained intercostal muscle. The hope is that he'll be ready to rejoin the Astros' active roster early next week. He has been on the disabled list since late June.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Dexter Fowler (intercostal) said he could begin a rehab assignment within the next week.

Fowler has been hitting off a tee in recent days, and he's scheduled to take batting practice on the field prior to Thursday's game. He'll likely require a handful of rehab games before returning, with an eye on being back with the club by mid-August.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday that the club is "days away" from considering a rehab assignment for Dexter Fowler (intercostal).

Fowler is with the club in Philadelphia and will ramp up his workouts, as the Astros clearly need to see more progress before clearing him to play in games. He's been out since late June with an intercostal strain.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 06:33:00 PM