December 9, 2016

Dexter Fowler Agrees To Sign With St. Louis Cardinals

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Cardinals get free-agent CF Dexter Fowler from the Cubs.

A month or so ago from helping the Chicago Cubs win their first World Series title in 108 years, Dexter Fowler is switching National League Central alliances. The free agent center fielder will sign with the Cubbies’ division rival St. Louis Cardinals, there is no details on the length or price of the deal yet.

St. Louis has scheduled an 11 a.m. ET news conference Friday.

The Cardinals had discussions with the Chicago White Sox’s Adam Eaton before he was sent the Washington Nationals for a three highly regarded pitching prospects, much to Bryce Harper‘s liking (not!).

The Cardinals’ primary goal entering the offseason was to become more athletic and better defensively, according to ESPN — and they just have. With Fowler’s arrival, Randal Grichuk will move to left field and leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter will become the Cardinals’ No. 3 hitter.

Fowler made $13 million in 2016 and had an on-base percentage of .393 and hit 13 home runs, including a shot in Game 7 of the World Series.

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