Fowler was also a free agent a year ago, when he spurned a $33 million, three-year offer from Baltimore, who refused to offer an opt out after one year, and signed a $13 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. He was slated to play center field in Chicago until the Cubs retained Fowler on a one-year deal he signed in February.
The Red Sox have finalized their one-year, $5.5 million pact with free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland, who batted.233 with 22 home runs and 60 RBIs for Texas last season.
Dexter Fowler's career line is.268/.366/.422, and after the All-Star break this year, when he returned from a month out with a hamstring injury, Fowler hit.261/.387/.408 for the Cubs. Having Fowler will allow the Cardinals to lower Carpenter in the batting order and not sacrifice the overall well-being of the offensive system, the largest gamble that was taken when Carpenter was moved from his native leadoff spot in the past.
The official announcement came in a news conference Friday at Busch Stadium.
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General manager John Mozeliak admitted that they were watching Fowler, "He was always someone we were hoping to sign", Cardinals general manager said, "but after this past week at winter meetings ... we certainly wanted to get this done".
The addition of Fowler will allow the Cardinals to shape their outfield to a more favorable alignment.
The Diamondbacks have finalized terms of their one-year, $2.75 million contract with closer Fernando Rodney, a deal that can be worth another $4 million in performance bonuses. He flourished as the Cubs' leadoff man previous year and hit.276 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI while posting an incredible on-base percentage (OBP) of.393. Now, he will settle in St. Louis. "The more players that you can have like that, I think the better off you're going to be". He would get $50,000 for Division Series MVP if the award is created. There was Fowler at the top and then a dip to a group that did not include the surefire transformative player the Cardinals sought. I've watched him grow into the leader he is today. "But when you get on the field, it's 'go time.' Now we're playing against each other". There were enough questions about him that the draft-pick compensation dragged down his market to the point where he accepted a $13 million guarantee in spring training.