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Fowler and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Fowler was traded to Chicago earlier this week after spending last season with the Astros. He figures to serve as the Cubs' primary center fielder and leadoff hitter in 2015.

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Fowler is close to being traded to the Cubs, Bruce Levine of reports.

This move will give the Cubs a strong lead-off man as far as OBP goes and a veteran presence to help them transition to a competitive level. Fowler hasn't registered an OBP below .360 since 2010 and reached double digits in stolen bases every full year he has played. The starting center fielder currently penciled in for the Cubs is former well-regarded prospect Arismendy Alcantara, who will likely move into a super-utility role going forward. On the Astros' side, Robbie Grossman or Jake Marisnick will likely take over center field.

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Fowler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

This wraps a strong season for Fowler, who hit .275/.375/.399 for his new team. With one year of team control left, the Astros will likely hope they can extend the 28-year-old, unless they are really confident Jake Marisnick's .272 batting average with the team will hold up in the coming years. Marisnick will start at center in Fowler's place.

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Fowler is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.

Fowler will take a seat after starting in the team's last ten games. He's had a solid year for the Astros when healthy, slashing .273/.371/.397. Jake Marisnick will start in center in his place.

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Fowler is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Fowler will take a day of rest Saturday against the Angels for the first time since Aug. 13, when he returned from the disabled list. Alex Presley will start in center field for the Astros on Saturday and will bat fifth.

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Fowler reached base four times Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored in the Astros' 8-3 win over the Angels.

Fowler's .383 OBP leads Houston and would rank eighth overall in MLB if he had enough at-bats to qualify among the leaders. The 28-year-old outfielder isn't lighting the world on fire for fantasy purposes, but he has seven multi-hit games (out of 19) since he returned from a back injury on August 13 and has shown elite plate discipline with a 14 percent walk rate this season.

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Fowler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-1 win over Boston.

Fowler is 7-for-18 (.389) with five walks and four runs scored in five games with the Astros since returning from the DL on August 13.

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Fowler (back) was activated from the disabled list Wednesday and is in the starting lineup.

As expected, Fowler will return to the lineup, and will bat in the cleanup spot for the Astros on Wednesday. Now that he has returned, it will be interesting to see what the Astros decide to do in the outfield. Marc Krauss is the odd man out Wednesday, with Jake Marisnick sliding over to right field, Robbie Grossman moving to left and Fowler playing center.

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Fowler (back) will be activated from the DL on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Fowler joined Triple-A Oklahoma City last Thursday to begin a rehab assignment, a little over five weeks after hitting the DL with a right intercostal strain, and he's since played in four games without any sort of setback. The Astros acquired Jake Marisnick from the Marlins at the deadline, and it's not entirely clear how manager Bo Porter plans on divvying up the playing time upon Fowler's return. It's possible Marisnick could be sent down, but it seems more likely that the two will split time in center.

Dexter Fowler CF CHC 6 Months

Fowler (back) will be evaluated after playing in the field Monday at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Since starting a rehab assignment Friday, Fowler has gone 3-for-8 with one RBI, one run, and one walk versus no strikeouts. If the exam goes swimmingly, he could be activated from the DL as early as Tuesday.