ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Orioles are talking to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler about a two- or three-year deal worth $12-13 million per year. As MASN’s Roch Kubatko notes, that’s an increase over Howie Kendrick‘s two-year, $20 million deal, which was used as a point of comparison.
Both Fowler and Gallardo rejected qualifying offers from their respective former teams, so the Orioles — who have not signed an incoming free agent yet this offseason — would be forfeiting both a first- and second-round draft pick. The club did re-sign Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and Darren O'Day to bolster a roster that also includes Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, and Kevin Gausman. Adding Fowler and Gallardo would make them a bit more formidable in a tough AL East.
Fowler, who turns 29 in March, hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs (a career-high) and 46 RBI with the Cubs last season.