#Cubs bring Fowler back
Dexter Fowler returned to the Cubs in style Thursday, surprising his teammates on the field during practice with the news that he had signed a one-year contract to return.
“My heart’s here,” said Fowler, who rejected longer term deals elsewhere, including a three-year offer from the Orioles and signed a one-year, $8 million contract that includes a $5 million buyout and a $9 million option for 2017.
“I feel like the Cubs, they treated me with the utmost respect. With the offseason moves they made, you’ve got to go with what’s comfortable.”
One of the moves the Cubs made was to acquire Jason Heyward, who was projected to play center and possibly lead off. But now Fowler returns to that role with Heyward sliding to right. Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber will likely share left field.
Manager Joe Maddon called all of the players together on Field 6 Thursday, saying there was a special announcement. Once everyone was gathered, Fowler appeared, wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans, and was greeted by hugs and cheers.
“I think I owed it to the boys to tell them first,” Fowler said.
The Cubs dealt Chris Coghlan to the A’s for right-hander Aaron Brooks earlier Thursday to make room both in the outfield and on the roster for Fowler.
— Carrie Muskat