Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler for Straily and Valbuena

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We have known for a while that the Chicago Cubs have been looking for another starting outfielder, well this morning they have found one, and one who can easily serve as the team’s lead off hitter.

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.

Going back to the Astros is a player the Cubs just recently received in a trade for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Relax Cubs fans, they are not trading Addison Russell.

Along with Straily will be another long tenured Cubs player will also be included in the deal.

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.

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