Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler in a trade with the Astros


Update #2 (11:10 AM ET): Jeff Passan of Yahoo sports reports that third baseman Luis Valbuena is also going to the Astros.

Update (10:58 AM ET): Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that pitcher Dan Straily is one of the players going to the Astros in the Fowler deal. The Cubs had acquired Straily from the Athletics last year in the Jeff Samardzija deal.

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Bruce Levine of 670 The Score is reporting that the Cubs are close to acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Astros. Fowler is in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Astros’ return includes major league players.

Fowler, 29 in March, batted .276/.375/.399 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, and 11 stolen bases in 505 plate appearances last season. He missed a month and a half between the end of June and mid-August due to a back injury.

The Astros had been shopping Fowler during the off-season, so it isn’t surprising to see him moved. The Blue Jays were one potential suitor as recently as December.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.