#Cubs make qualifying offer to Fowler
The Cubs extended a qualifying offer of a one-year, $15.8 million contract to free agent Dexter Fowler on Friday. The deadline for teams to do so was 4 p.m. CT.
By making the offer, the Cubs guaranteed themselves a compensation Draft pick should Fowler sign elsewhere this offseason. No player has accepted a qualifying offer since the system was established three years ago.
Teams can extend the qualifying offer to free agents who spent the entire season with the team, and the player then has one week to decide whether to accept or decline the offer. The amount was determined by averaging the top 125 player salaries from the previous season.
Fowler made $9.5 million in his first season with the Cubs when he set career highs in runs (102), hits (149), home runs (17), walks (84) and games played (156).
— Carrie Muskat