Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 19, 2015
There doesn't yet appear to be any word on who would be heading to Houston in exchange for Fowler. Here's one bit of information:
This would be a good acquisition -- depending, of course, on the cost in players given in order to acquire Fowler. He turns 29 in March and has a reputation as a fine defensive center fielder. He also draws plenty of walks, something this front office has made a priority. In 2014, he hit .276/.375/.399, drawing 66 bases on balls. In fact, his BB numbers have been remarkably consistent over his six full big-league seasons: 67, 57, 68, 68, 65 and 66. He's got a .366 lifetime on-base percentage that would look very good at the top of Joe Maddon's lineup. (Remember! Maddon said at the convention that he hasn't written out a single lineup yet!)
I'll update this post when I have information on who else is involved in this deal.
UPDATE: Based on various tweets, the deal sends Dan Straily and Luis Valbuena to the Astros for Fowler.