Chicago Cubs: Looking at potential 2016 center field options

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Apr 21, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder

Chris Coghlan

(L) and Chicago Cubs center fielder

Dexter Fowler

(C) and right fielder

Jorge Soler

(R) celebrate in the outfield after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs won 9-8. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Will a career-year for Dexter Fowler in the Windy City be enough to bring him back to the Chicago Cubs after the 2015 season concludes?

In an ideal world, Fowler, who has been amongst the most valuable players in the game in baseball’s second-half, will return to the Chicago Cubs next season after putting together one of the best seasons of his big-league career.

But, as we all know by now, life isn’t always what you want it to be.

So, while we can certainly keep the door open in regards to Fowler’s potential return to the Cubs in 2016, it’s never too early to begin breaking down the team’s options moving forward.

The market is somewhat thin for quality center fielders this winter, which limits the options Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer may have. That being said, the front office duo and skipper Joe Maddon have showed the ability and willingness to mix-and-match this season, which could factor into the team’s moves this coming offseason.

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