Report: Dexter Fowler seeking a four-year contract

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.