In an extremely surprising move today, the Cubs signed OF Dexter Fowler to a one year deal with two options. Fowler, in addition to his leadership and defense, brings a potent bat at the top of the lineup and fixes any depth issues the Cubs have at the position. Fowler’s signing also improves the Cubs late inning defense of which I was highly critical of earlier this week in “The Dabynsky Effect.”
I am unsure of how the Cubs will divvy up playing time with Fowler. The one effect I can think of right away is that on Javy Baez. I don’t think the Fowler signing is knock on Javy, but rather an endorsement. It was clear to me that Szczur and Coghlan were not going to fit in the outfield.
I take this move that there is confidence in what Baez can do in the outfield. With Baez and Fowler as backups/starters, the defense is vastly improved over what it was two days ago.
I didn’t think I would be spending a short post about the Fowler signing talking about Javy Baez, but it does have a huge impact on him, and even more so, makes LaStella’s left handed bat more valuable with Coghlan gone.
With Fowler’s signing, the Cubs do not have a draft pick until Round 3. I am OK with that; I really am. They will only have $2.3 million to spend in their pool. They can get a couple of nice players in the third and fourth rounds and find some high risk senior standouts.
I still can’t believe this. With Fowler in tow, the Cubs are a much deeper team, a much more athletic team, and a much better defensive team. Afterwards, Theo said the Cubs are done dealing. If there is a piece the Cubs need this summer, they are going to go get it just like they did today.