In a surprising turn of events, the Orioles did not sign Fowler as previously reported. Instead, Fowler is heading back to the Chicago Cubs.
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Although the Baltimore Orioles' signing of starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo is up in the air, the team is making other moves. The Orioles signed OF Dexter Fowler Tuesday, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
It's a three-year deal worth roughly $35 million. Fowler was the top outfielder left on the market.
The Orioles will sacrifice a draft pick by signing Fowler, but they'd already given up the No. 14 overall pick by signing Gallardo. With that said, the Gallardo deal could fall apart as their are concerns over his physical. If the O's do sign Gallardo, then the Fowler pick would be the No. 29 overall selection.
Earlier this offseason, there were reports that the Orioles would likely add an outfielder if the club signed Gallardo, as sacrificing the No. 14 overall pick would no longer be an option in that case. The signing of Fowler could indicate the Orioles will in fact sign Gallardo. For more Orioles coverage, download the Chat Sports Android and iPhone app.
The speedy Fowler will likely play right field. Fowler hit a career-high 17 home runs last season with the Chicago Cubs. He stole 20 bases and drove in 46 runs as well.Back to the Baltimore Orioles Newsfeed