MESA, Arizona -- The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves just before today's practice began at Sloan Park.
The photo at the top of this post is Joe Maddon addressing the entire team as Dexter Fowler surprised teammates when he arrived in camp, signed to a one-year deal for 2016 with a mutual option for 2017. Loud applause burst forth from the entire squad, assembled at the mound in Field 6.
The deal is being reported as an $8 million base with a $5 million buyout and $9.5 million mutual option, according to several Cubs beat writers via Twitter.
Earlier in the morning the Cubs traded outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Athletics for RHP Aaron Brooks, a reliever the A's acquired in the Ben Zobrist deal last summer.
This will be a good deal for Coghlan as he'll likely start in Oakland, and for the Cubs gives them outfield depth.
i'll have more on this later, but wanted to get you this directly from Sloan Park. To make room for both Fowler and Brooks on the 40-man roster, Zac Rosscup was placed on the 60-day DL with left shoulder inflammation.