Bats: B / Throws: R
Opening Day Age: 30
Fowler and Jackson appear to be very similar players judged by their career numbers alone. Jackson has a career batting line of .273/.333/.399 in 860 games, while Fowler’s is .267/.363/.418 in 939 games. Fowler’s power numbers benefited from playing in Coors Field for six seasons, and in terms of OPS+, Fowler is a 104, while Jackson is a 101. Unfortunately for Jackson, he hit free agency on a sour note, while Fowler is coming off a relatively solid 2015 with the Cubs.
Fowler hit 17 home runs, stole 20 bases, and did draw 84 walks, while handling leadoff duties and playing a solid defensive center field in the tricky Wrigley Field outfield. He may strike out too much — 154 times in 2015 and roughly once every four at-bats for his career — for the Royals’ taste. Fowler made $9.5 million last season, and will likely be looking for a hefty raise given his performance with the Cubs. In a walk year, Fowler came through, and will likely be out of the Royals’ price range. If things do not play out in his favor, however, the Royals may emerge as the team to snap up Dexter Fowler in the $12-15 million per year range.