Determining Fowler’s Value as Free Agency Looms

Dexter Fowler has been a huge part of the Cubs second-half surge this season, making Theo Epstein and the front office look like absolute geniuses for trading Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily to the Houston Astros in the offseason. But with the 29-year-old Fowler about to hit free agency in just over a month, the […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Cubs sign Dexter Fowler to an extension?

Dexter Fowler has had arguably his best season in the big leagues in the year prior to becoming a free agent. The Cubs acquired Fowler from the Astros in January for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Valbuena was surprisingly productive as a Cub from 2012-2014, but hasn’t been quite as successful this season with the Astros in large part because UZR thinks he’s been a worse fielder...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Deep League Streaming Options, Week 17

We’re going STREAMING! We’re going streaming through the quad and into the gymnasium! Undressing and heading to the wire to pick up some pitchers sounds like a lot of fun, but we can’t all be as carefree drunk and unabashed as Frank the Tank. Slouching in front of a computer while your dog nags you to take him for a walk is more realistic. Deep leaguers would be wise to get...
Via The Fantasy Fix
August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen pitches out of trouble, Rangers beat Astros 4-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Relievers Sam Freeman and Shawn Tolleson pitched out of trouble and the Texas Rangers held off the Houston Astros 4-3 on Tuesday night. Freeman relieved Yovani Gallardo (8-9) in the sixth inning, and allowed a single and a walk to load the bases with one out. Freeman then retired Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez. Tolleson earned his 20th save, all since May...
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August 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Dexter Fowler needs to turn it around

Chicago Cubs centerfield, Dexter Fowler, is off to the worst start to a season in his eight-year career. Fowler was traded to Chicago from Houston for third baseman Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily this past offseason. The Chicago Cubs had a glaring hole at the leadoff spot last season, and Dexter Fowler was brought in to fix that. So far this year he has not fixed it liked...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

RHP Straily recalled from Triple-A; RHP Feliz to Triple-A

BOSTON (AP) The Houston Astros recalled Dan Straily, Friday night's starting pitcher, from Triple-A Fresno for their game against the Boston Red Sox. To make room, the team optioned right-hander Michael Feliz to Fresno. On Thursday, outfielder George Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. Outfielder Alex Presley was selected from Fresno to...
Via AP on Fox
July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox-Astros Odds: Boston Favored Over Red-Hot Houston In Weekend Clash

The Boston Red Sox will be gunning for a third straight series win when they kick off a three-game holiday weekend set with the Houston Astros on Friday as -125 moneyline betting favorites at sports books monitored by OddsShark.com. The Red Sox kept pace in the tight American League East race by taking three of four from the Blue Jays in Toronto this past week. A 12-6 win over the...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Straily to make Astros debut Friday vs. Red Sox

The Houston Astros obtained right-hander Dan Straily in the off-season in the trade that brought Luis Valbuena to Houston and sent Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs, but he hasn't yet suited up with the Astros...until now.  The club announced on Wednesday that Straily will be called up in time to pitch on Friday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. Straily is filling...
Via Fox Sports
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

How many times can the Astros bypass Dan Straily?

This spring 26-year-old, right-hander, Dan Straily who was beginning his first season with the Houston Astros organization after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs as part of a three-player deal that sent outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs, was among the candidates for the Astros fifth starter job. Straily was beginning his seventh profession season after being drafted by the...
Via Baseball Essential
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Sunday, May 24th: Tim Atherton Pitches Hounds to Victory while Dan Straily Beats Chris Bassitt and the Sounds on Sunday

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Tim Atherton (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds  6 Corpus Christi Hooks     2 WP – Atherton 2-2 / 4.81 HR – Whitaker (2) Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Tim Atherton (5 2/3 IP / 4 H / 1 ER / 2 BB / 8 K / Win) After experiencing his roughest start of the season his last time...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Minor League Lineups 4/10

The Las Vegas 51′s try to bounce back after a tough 2-1 loss on Opening Night that saw them only get 2 hits. Overlooked Prospect Matt Bowman will be on the mound for the 51′s who play at 10:05 ET in Fresno again and you can watch it on MiLB.tv. Bowman impressed this Spring allowing only 2 runs in 10 innings with a 7/2 K/BB ratio. Last night only players to collect hits were...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Houston Astros

The Astros are improving in real life, but in fantasy terms, their hitters are much more interesting than their pitchers. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: C Hank Conger, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, OF/C Evan Gattis, SP Dan Straily, RP...
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February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts: Dan Straily

True story, here's a text conversation between Grey and I. Me: How gross is it that I am excited to write about Dan Straily? Grey: Gross. What, you wanted more? Like all the things we say we want to do to Giancarlo? Sorry, I'm no Olivia Munn. Or at least I'm not until I get hacked. But whatever, I'm not being facetious here nor am I trying to drum up mock enthusiasm; I really...
Via Razzball
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant: The Newly Anointed King of the Hot Corner? Not So Fast…

Many Cubs fans believe that the Chicago Cubs are FINALLY giving them what they want and handing the everyday third base duties to Kris Bryant with the trade of Luis Valbuena  and Dan Straily to Houston for Dexter Fowler earlier this week, but that isn’t necessarily the case. Dream Snatchers Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, quoted Jed Hoyer: “When we think Kris...
Via Sports Mockery
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Better Know a Cub: Dexter Fowler

Yesterday, the Cubs spun Lou Goodvalue and Dan Straily into their (presumable) starting CF for 2015. A short eulogy for Luis Valbuena follows. Valbuena was underrated by the general population and probably slightly overrated by the blogging community (and with his batflips, it’s easy to see why). Valbuena was cheap, able to play anywhere on the diamond, and he took his walks. While...
Via Obstructed View
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs’ plans with Kris Bryant still not written in stone

The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with throughout the year. There is also another rather exciting aspect of the deal, that has not...
Via Bloguin Best
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Houston Astros

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs dealt away some of their infield surplus to upgrade their outfielder. Meanwhile, the Astros got a new third baseman and some depth for their rotation. The 28 year-old Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 in his first season with the Astros...
Via Baseball News Source
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: 01/19/15 Moves and News

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros, in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and righty Dan Straily. Chicago upgrades their outfield, and the Astros getting a new third baseman and adding rotation insurance; win-win trade. Fowler, 28, hit for a .276 AVG with 8 homers and 35 RBI’s in his first season in Houston in 2014. He’s in his final...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Dexter Fowler To the Cubs

Source: Stacey Revere/Getty Images The Chicago Cubs recently sent Dan Straily and Luis Valbuena to the Houston Astros in return for Dexter Fowler. The outfielder is coming off of a strong 2014 where he hit .276/.375/.399, though he was limited to 505 plate appearances in 116 games due to various injuries. Initially with the Colorado Rockies, Fowler proved he isn’t a Coors Field...
Via The Fantasy Fix
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Try Not To Fowl It Up

The Cubs hinted at getting an outfielder that could play CF or LF just over a week ago and today they finalized a deal for about the only player that made sense to fit that role. The Cubs sent Luis Valbuena and P Dan Straily to the Astros for OF Dexter Fowler. Hard to find a way to not like this deal, but I'm sure some will find a way. In Fowler, the Cubs get a switch-hitting center...
Via Cub Reporter
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros and Cubs Complete Swap To Fill Current Needs

Both the Astros and the Cubs are in the process of a long-term build, yes. And in Luis Valbuena, Dan Straily, and Dexter Fowler, they’re moving three players that average close to 28 years old. Not everything these teams do needs to be focused on the far-term, though. With the second wild card, this year […]
Via Fangraphs
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs pick up Dexter Fowler in trade from Rockies

The Cubs have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Astros. Left hander Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena will be sent to the Astros in the deal. Fowler, 28, is coming off a season in which he hit .276/.375/.399 with eight home runs with 61 runs scored. Once a threat on the basepaths, Fowler was just 11-of-15 in 116 games last season. The 26-year-old Straily...
Via Tireball.com
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire OF Dexter Fowler from Astros

The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily. Fowler, 28, a switch-hitter, has a career .366 on-base percentage over seven seasons, mostly with the Rockies. He was traded to the Astros on Dec. 3 with a player to be named later for Brandon Barnes and Jordan Lyles. Fowler...
Via Sports-Glory
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Fowler traded from Astros to Cubs for Valbuena and Straily

HOUSTON (AP) Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros, who acquired him from Colorado for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles. Fowler, who has a .271 career average...
Via AP on Fox
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire CF Fowler from Astros for RHP Straily, 3B Valbuena

The Chicago Cubs acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros on Monday in exchange for right-hander Dan Straily and third baseman Luis Valbuena.  Fowler, 28, hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers, 11 stolen bases and 35 RBI in 116 games for the Astros in 2014. In seven major-league seasons with the Astros and Colorado Rockies, Fowler has hit .271/.366/.419 with...
Via Fox Sports
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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