Report: Orioles talking to Dexter Fowler about a multi-year deal worth $12-13 million per year
ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Orioles are talking to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler about a two- or three-year deal worth $12-13 million per year. As MASN’s Roch Kubatko notes, that’s an increase over Howie Kendrick’s two-year, $20 million deal, which was used as a point of comparison.
Olney adds that the Orioles are expected to complete deals with both Fowler and free agent starter Yovani Gallardo. Fowler would handle right field in Baltimore if his deal is completed.
Both Fowler and Gallardo rejected qualifying offers from their respective former teams, so the Orioles -- who have not signed an incoming free agent yet this offseason -- would be forfeiting both a first- and second-round draft pick. The club did re-sign Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, and Darren O’Day to bolster a roster that also includes Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, and Kevin Gausman. Adding Fowler and Gallardo would make them a bit more formidable in a tough AL East.
Fowler, who turns 29 in March, hit .250/.346/.411 with 17 home runs (a career-high) and 46 RBI with the Cubs last season.