Dexter Fowler's winter of uncertainty has come full circle with some financial security. The Rockies avoided arbitration with Fowler on Monday, signing him to a two-year, $11.6 milion contract.

The center fielder hit a career-best .300 with .389 on-base percentage and .475 slugging percentage last season. Fowler, who turns 27 next month, has one year of salary arbitration before free agency.

The Rockies listened to trade offers for Fowler over the winter in an attempt to address multiple needs. However, the Rockies' demands were so high, talks never gained traction and suggested how little interest they had in moving him.

Fowler, who received a $1 million signing bonus, will make $3.25 million this season and $7.35 million in 2014. The Rockies briefly considered approaching Fowler about a long-term deal at season's end but decided to exercise more patience. Those contracts are more complicated because it involves players losing potential free-agent years with club options.

This marks the second multiyear deal for the Rockies over the past two weeks. They signed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to a two-year, $6.5 million contract. With Fowler's deal done, the Rockies have no more players eligible for arbitration.

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