Dexter Fowler
CF STL
3 days ago

Fowler drew a pair of walks, scored twice and stole a base in Saturday's 8-7 Grapefruit League victory over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

You could hardly have drawn up Fowler's debut as the new Cardinals leadoff man any better, as both of his at-bats had a positive impact on the scoreboard. He draw a five-pitch free pass in the first, promptly swiped second, and then eventually came around to score on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly. Following his second walk, Fowler came home again courtesy of Carpenter on the latter's third-inning two-run blast. Even though he only took two swings overall, Fowler was nevertheless very satisfied with his debut. "The way we manufactured that run in the first inning was key. If we can do that we'll win a lot of games."

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
3 weeks ago

Fowler, who inked a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals in December, is expected to improve the team in several ways, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. "I think he's going to be a great fit, all the way around, in this community, on this team, in the lineup, in our clubhouse," manager Mike Matheny said. "[I'm] very, very excited about having him with us."

EDGE Analysis

The veteran outfielder, who helped the Cubs to their championship since 1908 last season, was brought to the division-rival Cardinals with the aim of improving the team's outfield defense, as well as to serve as a dynamic leadoff presence. The Cubs were notably 64-20 when Fowler had at least one hit last season, a testament to his table-setting skills at the top of the order. Additionally, his .367 career OBP when leading off ranks him as the fourth-best in that category for players with a minimum of 820 plate appearances since his rookie 2008 campaign. Fowler's savvy on the basepaths, which includes eight consecutive seasons with double-digit swipes, is also highly coveted by his new team, considering the Cardinals were last in the NL with 35 stolen bases in 2016. A residual benefit of his presence atop the lineup is that Matt Carpenter, who's served in that role for the last four seasons, will be able to slot into a spot more conducive to run production. Meanwhile, his ability to lock down center field will shift Randal Grichuk to left, where his glove will be considered an upgrade over the likes of the departed duo of Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss, who started a combined 143 games at the position in 2016.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
3 months ago

Fowler signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Cardinals on Friday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

EDGE Analysis

He receives a full no-trade clause as part of the deal, representing the biggest free agent signing for the Cardinals in recent memory. Last season he was one of the lynchpins of one of the best offenses in baseball as the leadoff hitter for the Cubs, and the Cardinals will ask him to do the same thing heading forward. Fowler has hit 12-plus home runs and stolen 13 or more bases in three of the past four seasons, making him one of the better bets in baseball to hit double digits in both categories in 2017. He could also represent a good source of runs. Look for Fowler to play center field every day with Tommy Pham now serving as the Cardinals' fourth outfielder.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
3 months ago

Fowler has a deal in place with the Cardinals, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fowler is en route to St. Louis for his physical, having received an "over-the-top offer" from the Cardinals. The deal is expected to be formally announced Friday. Fowler missed some time with a hamstring issue in 2016, but he was a force atop the lineup when healthy, batting .276/.393/.447. His excellent on-base skills and ability to hit from both sides of the plate should keep him in the leadoff spot on an everyday basis.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
3 months ago

Rumors are swirling that Fowler is a subject of interest in Toronto, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Jays are looking to acquire a left-hand hitting leadoff man with a strong OBP. Fowler, a free agent, fits that description perfectly. The outfielder's .393 OBP in 2016 ranked sixth in the NL, while his 79 walks in the regular season was eighth in the league. Only four of his 456 at-bats in 2016 were outside of the top spot, and Fowler slashed a solid .277/.393/.449 as the leadoff man.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
4 months ago

Fowler declined the Cubs' qualifying offer for the 2017 season, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Fowler opted to turn down the $17.2 million qualifying offer and will explore offers during free agency. The 30-year-old put up a .276/.393/.447 line to go with 84 runs and 48 RBI with the Cubs in 2016. However, he was only able to play in 125 games as he made a month-long stint on the DL with a hamstring injury.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
4 months ago

Fowler received a qualifying offer from the Cubs on Monday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fowler is not expected to accept this offer given his strong performance over the course of last season, although it is worth noting that this offer could diminish his market value now that he'll cost a draft pick in addition to the high cash price tag.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
5 months ago

Fowler is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Fowler will get his second day off this week as manager Joe Maddon eases his regular players through the final few days of the regular season. Albert Almora will man center field Thursday in Fowler's place.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
5 months ago

Fowler is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.

EDGE Analysis

Fowler racked up nine hits over his last six games, but manager Joe Maddon decided to give him a day off Monday anyway. Albert Almora will take Fowler's place in center field, and Chris Coghlan will replace him atop the order.

Dexter Fowler
CF STL
5 months ago

Fowler went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and run in Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

The leadoff man brought home Jorge Soler with a two-bagger in the second, his fourth RBI over his last five games. Fowler has also hit safely in four of those contests, with three multi-hit efforts. The 30-year-old is now slashing a solid .275/.388/.450 over 69 at-bats this season.