Fowler makes surprise return to the North Side

Drew Hanft, Sports Reporter

Early this morning, the Chicago Cubs dealt outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Oakland A’s. However, Cubs fans were not left hanging, as the team was able to re-sign center fielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year deal.

The shock of the deal comes from the fact that Fowler had agreed to sign a three-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles only two days ago. Fowler turned down a qualifying offer from the Cubs earlier in the offseason worth $15.8 million, and has to now settle with an $8 million deal, along with a $9 million mutual option for 2017.

However, Fowler claims that he never made a verbal commitment with Baltimore. Even though he admits he was negotiating with the Orioles, he said, “I didn’t give them a verbal agreement at all.”

His agent, Casey Close, was angered by the Orioles negotiating.  In a statement made online, he said, “In my 25 years in this business, never before have I witnessed such irresponsible behavior on so many fronts. Both the Orioles front office and members of the media were so busy recklessly spreading rumors that they forgot or simply chose not to concern themselves with the truth.”

Even though it may not have been pretty, the Cubs were still able to snatch Fowler back for at least another season. His presence allows for newly-signed defensive star Jayson Heyward to return to his main position in right field, which will allow both Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler to take turns in left field.

The loss of Chris Coghlan may hurt the team in that he can play both outfield and infield, but many Cubs fans are much more happy with having Dexter Fowler to add to an already juiced lineup.

 

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