Why the Chicago Cubs need Dexter Fowler to return in 2016

After an overachieving 2015 MLB season for the Chicago Cubs, it’s difficult to not already be excited for the 2016 season. The Cubs are the early favorites to take the whole thing next year, 108 years in the making. This is in large part due to the Cubs having the potential to return their entire starting lineup and the most crucial players from their bench during this past postseason...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Desmond, Kendrick, Fowler Among 16 Players Who Rejected Qualifying Offers

It was interesting to see three players accept their qualifying offers on Friday. Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson became the first players to ever accept their team’s QO since this new compensation system was adopted in 2012. Overwhelmingly, 16 of the 20 players did decline their $15.8 million offers and...
Via Mets Merized Online
17 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s going to be okay for the Chicago Cubs

Hey Chicago Cubs fans, I hope now that the season is over and the World Series has come and gone, the majority of you can look upon 2015 as the tremendous success it was. Nothing wrong with a 97-65 season, even if that was only good enough for third in the NL Central. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. Our own Mike Carlucci will get to that over the next several weeks...
Via The Sports Post
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs weigh options in centerfield after Fowler declines qualifying offer

Oct 7, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) hits a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning in the National League Wild Card playoff baseball game at PNC Park. The Cubs won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Charles LeClaireWhile the MLB saw three players accept a qualifying offer for the first...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Zobrist, Fowler, Span and Parra All On Mets Radar

The Mets will target Denard Span in free agency and keep their eye on Gerardo Parra and Dexter Fowler, writes Marc Carig of Newsday. Span, 31, played just  61 games in an injury-plagued 2015 and hit .301/.365/.431 with five homers and 21 RBI. He didn’t receive a qualifying offer from the Nationals which makes him very appealing. Fowler, 29, is a switch hitter who could play center...
Via Mets Merized Online
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts On Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler

MLB Trade Rumors released their annual Top 50 Free Agents list, complete with projected deals and landing spots. The project that the Mets will sign shortstop Ian Desmond and outfielder Dexter Fowler. Here is their capsule for each followed by my commentary. Ian Desmond - Mets. Five years, $80MM. Perhaps the game’s best shortstop from 2012-14, Desmond slumped to a .233/.290...
Via Mets Merized Online
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Fowler and Cook

As expected, the Cubs extended a $15.8m qualifying offer to Dexter Fowler, who will decline it. That means the Cubs will get an extra draft pick after the first round, in the event Fowler signs elsewhere. The Cubs also claimed Ryan Cook off of waivers from Boston, for some reason. Tags:  2015 Offseason
Via Cub Reporter
24 days ago  |  Discuss

With Free Agency Underway, Let’s Make Our Wish List

The offseason is here, and as of midnight last night, free agency is officially underway. Teams have submitted their qualifying offer of $15.8 Million to their pending free agents, as you know the lone player to receive this offer from the Chicago Cubs was centerfielder Dexter Fowler. In all likelihood, he will reject this deal and seek a larger multi-year deal elsewhere. The Cubs...
Via World Series Dreaming
24 days ago  |  Discuss

A Record 20 MLB Players Received A Qualifying Offer

A record 20 free agent players received a qualifying offer worth $15.8 million dollars from their team on Friday, smashing the previous high of 13 two years ago. These players now have seven days to accept or decline their offers. No player has ever accepted a qualifying offer since the system was collectively bargained in 2012. Teams who sign a qualified free agent will forfeit...
Via Mets Merized Online
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs extend qualifying offer to Fowler; claim Cook from Red Sox

Dexter Fowler provides plenty of power from the leadoff spot. Lisa Blumenfeld Getty Images North AmericaCHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have extended a $15.8 million qualifying offer to center fielder Dexter Fowler.Acquired in a trade with Houston last winter, Fowler shook off a slow start to help Chicago win 97 games and reach the NL Championship Series. He hit .250 with 17 homers...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Center Field and Depth Figure to Dominate Cubs Positional Off-Season

Although the Cubs enter the off-season with much more stability in the field than they do on the mound, they do enter the off-season with some questions that need answering.  Those questions, though, were mitigated by the 2015 performance of a handful of rookies and the emergence of Anthony Rizzo as a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate for much of the season. Offensively...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Free Agent Primer: NL Central

The Central provided three of five National League playoff teams this year including the Cubs, who ultimately lost to New York in the NLCS. There is a sharp break in the Central, however, as the top three teams not only were dominant this year, but are in good position to stay there for years to come and the bottom two are as far away from contention as any teams in baseball. Chicago...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Free Agent Primer: NL Central

The Central provided three of five National League playoff teams this year including the Cubs, who ultimately lost to New York in the NLCS. There is a sharp break in the Central, however, as the top three teams not only were dominant this year, but are in good position to stay there for years to come and the bottom two are as far away from contention as any teams in baseball. Chicago...
Via Bloguin Best
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Offseason

It’s not even a couple days into November, just the day after the World Series ended in most satisfying fashion for most of us Cubs fans, and already we are pining for baseball again.  If you check out the odds makers, depending on who you talk to, the Cubs are a trendy favorite for 2016, even year be damned: Online bookmaker lists #Cubs as favorites to win 2016 World Series...
Via World Series Dreaming
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro’s Trade Value

The Cubs have three middle infielders for two positions. Addison Russell is planted at shortstop so that leaves Starlin Castro and Javier Baez for 2nd base. There are other possible scenarios. Baez or Castro could move to centerfield if the Cubs don’t re-sign Dexter Fowler or add another CF via free agency or trade. Neither have played there, but there’s probably not any reason...
Via Obstructed View
October 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Potential MLB Free Agents (PART 2)

Credit: Justin K. Allen/Getty Images More Honorable Mentions Dexter Fowler (OF) Chicago Cubs: The speedy center fielder has developed some power to his game, but with that power Fowler struck out a career high 154 times in 2015. He did slug 17 home runs, and had a respectable batting line of .250/.346/.411 with 20 stolen bases. He provides above average defense and should land a...
Via Baseball Essential
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs Enter Critical Offseason with Greatness on the Horizon

The Cubs are entering the most important offseason of the Theo Epstein era, perhaps—for this organization—the most important offseason of all time. While last winter was no doubt crucial—and the Cubs’ brass passed that test with flying colors in their acquisition of Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, and Dexter Fowler (among others)—this time around the front office will […]
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Let's Make A Stat: Sweep Score

When Jeurys Familia struck out Dexter Fowler to end Game Four of the NLCS on Wednesday night, he put the finishing touches on one of the most dominant League Championship Series performances we have ever seen.The Mets scored in the first inning of Game One, never trailed throughout the entire series, and were able to keep the Cubs’ potent young offense at bay throughout all four...
Via The Sports Quotient
October 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cubs’ offseason plans

Not that the Cubs have been eliminated from the postseason, it's time to look towards 2016. This will be a short post on some of the relevant things. Should the Cubs re-sign Dexter Fowler? Here are dmick's thoughts on this issue. I'd just extend a QO to him, expect him to decline it, and reap the 1st round pick reward (for those keeping score, Jed claimed Luis Valbuena...
Via Obstructed View
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Cubs re-sign Dexter Fowler?

The Cubs 2015 season is over. It was a great season. In order for this team to contend, they needed to get significant production from some of what they are hoping will be future stars. They did. They not only contended, they won 97 games. They finished with the 3rd best record in all of baseball (no team in any other division won more), they beat Pittsburgh in the wild card game...
Via Obstructed View
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: New York Mets RP Jeurys Familia Gets Dexter Fowler To Strike Out Looking For Final Out Of NLCS

It is a great day to a fan of the amazing Mets. After relief pitcher Jeurys Familia got Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler to strike out looking the celebration began in earnest. With it the Mets won Game Four of the NLCS 8-3 making them the National League champs for the first time sine 2000 and for the fifth time in franchise history.They don't know if they are going to play the Kansas...
Via FatManWriting
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

NLCS: Mets @ Cubs Game 3

It's time for some of that famous Cubs magic. Oh, nevermind. I guess they'll just have to win the old fashioned way.  Lineups MetsCurtis Granderson, RFDavid Wright, 3B Whatever Murphy, 2BYoenis Cespedes, CFLucas Duda, 1B Travis d'Arnaud, CMichael Conforto, LFWilmer Flores, SSJacob deGrom, P CubsDexter Fowler, CFKyle Schwarber, LFKris Bryant, 3BAnthony Rizzo, 1BStarlin...
Via Obstructed View
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Rockies’ Rafters in rough waters so far in AFL

It’s League Championship Series time in Major League Baseball and some former Colorado Rockies are keeping their names in the headlines. Former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki appeared to have fully broken out of a postseason slump, knocking a three-run home run in Toronto’s three-run win against Kansas City on Tuesday night, then went back to being the Tulo we know and love...
Via Mile High Sports
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Contract Crowdsourcing 2015-16: Day 5 of 15

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the giant and large 2015-16 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for five of this year’s free agents, including...
Via Fangraphs
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chicago Cubs Set MLB Postseason Record With Six Home Runs In Win Over Cardinals

The Chicago Cubs are not going to be satisfied with just making it to the NLDS. No, the Cubbies want to make some serious noise in the postseason and did just that Monday night when the clubbed a record six home runs against the Cardinals to set a new singel-game postseason record.Kyle Schwarber got it started with a solo shot in the second followed by Starlin Castro's solo shot...
Via FatManWriting
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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