Cubs “highly unlikely” to re-sign outfielder Dexter Fowler

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There was a report last week that the Cubs were still in the mix to re-sign free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, but now Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com writes that a reunion is “highly unlikely.”

Fowler is arguably the best remaining free agent on the market and the Cubs are certainly creative, but his re-signing likely would mean trading Jorge Soler to make room in the outfield and it’s unclear that they have any interest in parting with the 24-year-old right fielder.

Mooney says the Cubs “won’t completely shut the door on that remote possibility until he signs somewhere else” but if Fowler stays in Chicago it’s more likely to be with the White Sox. In signing Jason Heyward to a $184 million contract the Cubs lined him up as Fowler’s replacement in center field and put themselves in position to get draft pick compensation when Fowler signs elsewhere.