Cubs Acquire Fowler From Astros
Valbuena and Straily Head to Houston
The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have reached a deal that will send outfielder Dexter Fowler to Chicago, for Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily. Both teams have been busy this offseason in hope to change their fortunes.
Fowler, 28, spent the 2014 season with the Astros after they acquired him from the Rockies last December. He had a decent year hitting .276 in 116 games. He will be a good lead-off option for the Cubs because he can get on base and also has plenty of speed. Although his numbers went down in triples and stolen bases, Fowler still remains a threat on teh base path.
With the acquisition of Evan Gattis last week, Fowler became expendable for the Astros so the rumors started to swirl that he may be shipped out of town. Valbuena will most likely be the starting third baseman and Straily could be slotted in as the fifth starter.
Valbuena, 29, played 124 games at third last season with the Cubs, hitting .249 with 16 home runs. Straily won 10 games as a starter in 2013 with the Oakland A’s with an ERA of 3.96. He started and came out of the bullpen after being traded to the Cubs near the deadline last season in the Jeff Samardzija trade.
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