LIVE TVON NOWAfter helping the Chicago Cubs jerseys end their long championship drought, he finalized an $82.5 million, five year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals jerseys on Friday. Fowler fills the last big hole left in the Cardinals jerseys lineup after moves made earlier in the offseason to shore up the bullpen.”It was an honor just to be considered to be in the Cardinals jerseys organization,” said Fowler, who will wear No. 25 in honor of his mentor, Barry Bonds, because his usual 24 is retired by the Cardinals jerseys.”You play against the Cardinals jerseys, I been playing against them for eight years now,” Fowler said, “and they always come out fighting. Always fighting. And then being with a rival, being the Cubs jerseys however many times we play them a year, you see them and it always good a winning team wants you.”Fowler was also a free agent a year ago, when he spurned a $33 million, three year offer from Baltimore, who refused to offer an opt out after one year, and signed a $13 million, one year deal with the Chicago Cubs jerseys. He hit .276 with 13 homers and a career best .393 on base percentage that landed him in his first All Star Game, then had a pair of home runs in helping the Cubs jerseys win their first World Series title in 108 years.”Playing over there, and playing against the Cardinals jerseys, you see them and you saw that they weren far away,” Fowler said. “Obviously they beat up on us, we beat up on them. It was almost even. It was one day or another. I can put my finger on one thing or another, but we definitely close.”His new deal calls for a $10 million signing bonus, payable in $1 million installments each July 1 and Oct. 1 for the next five years, and annual salaries of $14.5 million.He gets a full no trade provision, $50,000 bonuses for making the All Star Game and winning a Gold Glove, a $25,000 bonus for a Silver Slugger, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP. He would get $250,000 for NL MVP, $150,000 for finishing second in voting and $100,000 for third through fifth. He would get $50,000 for Division Series MVP if the award is created.One of the goals this offseason for St. Louis was to get more athletic, both defensively and on the base paths. Fowler was identified early in the process as someone who filled that role.”He was always someone we were hoping to sign,” Cardinals jerseys general manager John Mozeliak said, “but after this past week at winter meetings . we certainly wanted to get this done. And we excited we got this done.”The lanky 30 year old from Atlanta is a .268 career hitter over nine seasons with Colorado, Houston and the Cubs jerseys. He expected to slot into the Cardinals jerseys leadoff spot, giving St. Louis a switch hitter in front of lefty hitting cheap Matt Carpenter jersey and righties cheap Aledmys Diaz jersey, cheap Stephen Piscotty jersey cheap authentic jerseys and cheap Yadier Molina jersey.”You obviously have great presence at the top of the lineup,” manager Mike Matheny said. “The athleticism, the excitement of bringing in a player that has all those physical attributes, I think it been well said, this is the guy we were hoping to be sitting up here with.”Fowler said negotiations with the Cardinals jerseys were easy with one notable exception.”We were on a 2 hour time difference, and I guess he wanted to get in touch with me,” Fowler said, “but I was in the dentist chair, so he couldn get in touch.”So, Fowler sent his agent Casey Close a photo of him to pass along to Mozeliak “That was a first for me, that kind of photo,” the GM said and everything proceeded smoothly after that.The news of his signing started breaking while Fowler was on a plane to St. Louis, and that also created some problems: namely, with his sleep. People started coming up to him while he was trying to take a nap and asking him whether the news was true.