Rockies and Dexter Fowler avoid arbitration with two-year, $11.6 million deal

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The Rockies and center fielder Dexter Fowler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to an announcement from the team. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that the deal is worth $11.6 million.

Fowler was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter after earning $2.35 million last season. Because he originally qualified for arbitration as a Super Two player, he will still be under team control for one more season after the new two-year deal expires.

Fowler, who turns 27 in March, owns a .271/.364/.427 batting line over his first five seasons in the big leagues. 2012 was his best season yet, as the switch-hitter batted .300/.389/.474 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 12 stolen bases and an .863 OPS.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.