Orioles Sign Dexter Fowler to Three-Year Deal

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with outfielder Dexter Fowler on a three-year deal worth approximately $35 million, according to reports.

MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko was the first to report the agreement and ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported the dollar amount.

Fowler will sit atop a powerful Orioles lineup that was in dire need of some speed. Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins has four more career MLB stolen bases than the entire Orioles projected 2016 lineup, not including newly-signed Japanese outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and Fowler.

Fowler’s .363 career on base percentage will look beautiful in front of Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis. In addition, Fowler should provide between 15 and 20 stolen bases.

On a day in which the uncertainty around the physical exam for Yovani Gallardo has been the popular news story, the acquisition of Dexter Fowler to solve their corner outfield issues provides a breath of fresh air.

Despite playing only one inning in right field back in 2008 as a member of the Colorado Rockies, Fowler will patrol that corner spot for the Orioles, who will have Jones in center field and Kim in left. It will be interesting to see how Fowler, who has poor defensive numbers as a center fielder (-56 career defensive runs saved, -64.1 career ultimate zone rating), adjusts to a position for which he will not have to cover as much ground.

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