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Dexter Fowler, Chicago Cubs agree to deal

Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs celebrates

Dexter Fowler of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning during the National League Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on Oct. 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Credit: Getty Images / Jared Wickerham

MESA, Ariz. — Outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to stay with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Thursday to a one-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2017.

The 29-year-old hit .250 in 156 games last year and set career highs in many offensive categories as the Cubs reached the NL Championship Series. He had 102 runs, 17 homers, 149 hits and 84 walks. The speedy, switch-hitting Fowler is a career .267 hitter over eight major league seasons.

Fowler had turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Cubs in November.

To make room for Fowler on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed left-hander Zac Rosscup on the 60-day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation.

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