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Chicago Cubs’ offseason moves overshadowed by other clubs

May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

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Similar to the moves that brought Jason Heyward and John Lackey to the Cubs last offseason, the Cardinals have added by subtracting from their biggest division rival.

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  • St. Louis filled a much-needed void in their roster when they signed former Cubs’ fan favorite Dexter Fowler last week to a five-year deal in excess of $80 million. The move allowed the Cardinals to add speed, something the team has lacked, and one of the best on-base players in the league.

    Last season, Fowler capitalized on the opportunity at-hand, putting together a .276/.393/.447 slash-line, earning his first All-Star Game appearance in the process.

    Despite playing 31 fewer games than in the year prior, he actually drove in more runs – in turn, helping himself net this nice deal.

    Chicago, meanwhile, had no need to spend that kind of money in the outfield. With the likes of Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora Jr., Heyward, Willson Contreras and Matt Szczur all vying for playing time, the cost-effective, one-year signing of Jon Jay made more sense.

    The Cardinals, meanwhile, have been linked to two big bats still on the open market in Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo. This is one of the holes still lingering on the St. Louis roster after Matt Holliday inked a one-year deal with the Yankees earlier this season.

    The Fowler signing shored up the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster in a big way. If this team goes out and spends big on a bat, this rivalry will be one to watch in 2017.

    Verdict: Winner

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