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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.