Well, this is weird...
Dexter Fowler reportedly agreed to a 3 year, $35 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles yesterday. The Orioles thought he'd be in camp to take his physical today.
Instead, Fowler has agreed to a one year deal with his former team, the Chicago Cubs, with a mutual option for 2017, for a reported guarantee of $13 million.
The indications on the Tweeterbox is that Fowler wanted an opt-out after 2016, and the Orioles refused to give him one, which prompted him to go back to the Cubs. The whole thing is just bizarre, really.
In any case, this does potentially impact the Rangers, as the Orioles would have lost the #28 pick in the draft if they had signed Fowler, which would have moved the Rangers' compensatory pick for losing Gallardo up a spot, with the Cubs getting a compensatory pick later in the supplemental round. Now, there's no compensatory pick for Fowler, so the Orioles don't lose #28, and the Rangers' pick is a spot later than it would have been.