Dexter Fowler traded to LA Angels from St. Louis Cardinals for cash

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night for cash or a player to be named later.

Fowler hit .233 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 23 games last season, his fourth with St. Louis. The former Rockies and Cubs slugger is a career .259 hitter with 127 home runs and 561 RBIs.

Fowler, who turns 35 next month, can play all three outfield positions. Although Fowler’s production has declined in recent years, the Angels view the veteran as an important leader for their clubhouse and a short-term fix in the right field so they can give more minor league development time. to Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.

“He’s an exceptional human being, and he’s a player full of energy,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said. “Over a season of 162 games, the energy is important, and this guy brings this smile, this energy on a daily basis. And we still think he can play. We think there is plenty left in the tank. The homework we’ve done, he’s done a ton of work this offseason. For him to waive his no-trade clause… it’s an honor.

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Fowler also only costs the Angels $1.75 million in salary.

He is entering his 13th full major league season in the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract. He has a salary of $14.5 million in 2021, and St. Louis remains liable for the final two $1 million installments of his $10 million signing bonus, due July 1 and October 1.

As part of the exchange, the Cardinals agreed to pay the Angels $12.75 million in 12 installments of $1,062,500 on the 15th and last day of each month from April through September.

Fowler’s striking abilities will provide a counterpart to Angels right-handed outfielders Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Adell. Taylor Ward is also expected to compete for a spot in the Halos’ outfield during spring training.

Adell, 21, the Halos’ top prospect, struggled in his major league debut last season as an everyday right fielder, batting .161 with a .478 OPS in 38 games. Fowler’s presence will allow Adell’s development to continue more deliberately in 2021.

“We like (Fowler) in right field, and we think offensively he’s going to bring a lot to the lineup,” Minasian said. “We feel really good with Jo. We think Jo is going to have an exceptional career, and we think that at some point this year he is going to have an impact on this club.

Fowler earned his only All-Star selection and only World Series ring in 2016 with Chicago under current Angels manager Joe Maddon.

Fowler is the third veteran who has played under Maddon in previous stops to join the Angels this offseason, along with former Cubs starter Jose Quintana and former Rays starter Alex Cobb. Minasian and Maddon only started working together three months ago, but the rookie general manager says their philosophies are already quite similar.

“We want a certain type of player, and I think Joe and I are really aligned on that,” Minasian said. “We want a certain kind of makeup, a certain mentality, and putting his stamp on these players makes them more desirable.”

Fowler only spent one season of his career in the AL, playing for Houston in 2014.

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