By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Dexter Fowler signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in the off-season. The center fielder reportedly was offered a four-year, $64 million deal from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The then-free agent took a five-year, $82.5 million deal from the Cardinals. At the time, it was known that the Cardinals and Blue Jays were both coveting his services.
It was also believed that Toronto had a guaranteed deal worth approximately $60 million on the table before he signed with the Cardinals.
The Blue Jays interest in Fowler happened around the same time that they had signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million deal. It was believed when he was a free agent that he wanted to sign with a team, where he could be a starting center fielder.
However, if he had signed with the Blue Jays, he would have been used as a defensive replacement for Kevin Pillar, who is not defensively gifted. Fowler, if he would have signed with Toronto, would have likely started in left or right field instead.
After rejecting the offer, the Blue Jays decided to start talks up with Jose Bautista once again — who had not signed at the time. He would eventually sign a one-year, $18 million deal with the team.
In 23 games in St. Louis, Fowler has struggled. He has a .234 batting average with 25 strikeouts in 94 at-bats.
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