Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 19, 2015
Dexter Fowler spent five years and change with the Colorado Rockies before being traded to the Houston Astros for the 2014 season. With one year left of arbitration, Fowler and the Astros were at odds with how much he should make in his final year of arbitration, and that is likely what led to his being traded.
The Cubs and Fowler will likely reach an agreement somewhere in the middle for his 2015 contract, perhaps somewhere around $9.5 Million.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) January 19, 2015
Along with Straily will be another long tenured Cubs player will also be included in the deal.
Source: Luis Valbueba going to Astros along with Dan Straily in deal for Dexter Fowler. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2015
Trading away Luis Valbuena along with Straily opens up the now very real possibility that Kris Bryant might actually break camp with the Cubs, unless they plan to keep Mike Olt or Tommy La Stella as their opening day third baseman.
The Cubs outfield is taking shape with two players set, Fowler and Jorge Soler. With Fowler likely headed for center field, that makes Arismendy Alcantara destined to be a bench playing super sub; unless he is included in another deal for another starter. As you know, the Cubs have stated they would like to add another starting pitcher.
Stay tuned Cub fans, the Hot Stove League just added another log into the fire.