The Los Angeles Angels on Thursday acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the St. Louis Cardinals, much to Joe Maddon’s delight.

a person standing on a baseball field: Joe Maddon gives the Angels' acquisition of Dexter Fowler a thumbs-up. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Joe Maddon gives the Angels' acquisition of Dexter Fowler a thumbs-up.

Maddon is entering his second season as the Angels’ manager. He managed Fowler in 2015 and 2016 with the Cubs, seasons when Chicago reached the NLCS and won the World Series, respectively.

So why is Maddon happy to have Fowler? He likes the type of mentality and makeup the veteran outfielder has.

The Angels are getting Fowler as a salary dump.

They will be paying Fowler $1.75 million in 2021.

St. Louis signed the 34-year-old to a five-year, $82.5 million deal before the 2017 season. The Cardinals got good production from him in 2017 and decent production in 2019, but he didn’t add much in 2018 or the shortened 2020 season.

Fowler made the All-Star team in 2016, the year the Cubs won the World Series. He hasn’t hit over .238 in his last three seasons, although he did have 19 home runs in 2019.

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