Cubs weigh options in centerfield after Fowler declines qualifying offer

( - While the MLB saw three players accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the three years of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Chicago Cubs were business as usual with Dexter Fowler formally declining his offer before Friday's deadline.

Fowler believes he has the chance to earn more money in the crowded outfielder free-agent market than the $15.8 million, one year qualifying contract offer from Chicago.

Fowler's career stats, while consistently decent, don't necessarily blow anyone out of the water. As a solid centerfielder, considerable youth, and .363 on-base percentage after a strong finish in 2015 with the Cubs, Fowler should still command a multi-year contract from another club in the open market.

The Cubs met with Fowler's agent, Casey Close, who also represents Zack Greinke and Alex Gordon, during the general manager meetings in Florida to entertain the possibility of bring the centerfielder back to Chicago.


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