Outfielder Dexter Fowler rejected the Cubs’ $17.2 million qualifying offer to become a free agent ahead of Monday’s deadline. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Fowler is seeking a four-year contract.
Fowler, you may recall, had an interesting offseason ahead of the 2016 season. As he had draft pick compensation attached to him as a result of rejecting the Cubs’ qualifying offer, he didn’t sign until late February. It began with a three-year deal with the Orioles, but that fizzled out. Fowler then signed with the Cubs two days later on a one-year, $13 million contract.
It ended up working out well for both sides. Fowler helped the Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years and he had a good enough season to raise his stock, finishing the regular season with a .276/.393/.447 triple-slash line, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 84 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 551 plate appearances. As a result, Fowler will likely secure a better multi-year deal than he might have if things panned out with the Orioles.