Cardinals sign Fowler to a 5-year deal

St. Louis made a big signing on Friday as they agreed to terms with center fielder Dexter Fowler on a 5-year/$82.5 million contract. Fowler was a key part of the Cubs world series championship last season as he was the leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder for the Cubs. The Cardinals narrowly missed out on the playoffs and they are hoping that Fowler is the missing piece that will lead this team to be a world series contender once again. Fowler isn’t great in one area, although he does everything very well which is what makes him such a valuable player. He has the ability to hit for some power as he hit 13 home runs for Chicago last season. Also, he has good speed and he uses that speed occasionally as he stole 13 bases last season. Fowler also is a solid defender as he only committed 4 errors in 121 games played in center field for the Cubs in 2016. However, the one thing that Fowler will provide the Cardinals for many years is a a solid leadoff hitter. Fowler consistently has a good batting average and he knows how to get on base often. St. Louis didn’t have a consistent leadoff hitter last season and it hurt their offensive production since they couldn’t get base runners on often enough for their power hitters. Fowler isn’t an exceptional offensive player, but he provides consistency for the Cardinals. It is difficult to find quality center fielders like Dexter Fowler these days, so this is a good signing for St. Louis. The Cardinals already have a good team and this could be the signing that makes them a playoff team for the next several years.

Grade: B+



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