After losing 111 games in the 2013 season, the Houston Astros have made a trade with the Colorado Rockies to add outfield depth and bolster the top of their lineup.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rockers have dealt center fielder Dexter Fowler to Houston in a four-player deal.
BIG trade: Astros acquire Dexter Fowler and played to be named from Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and RHP Jordan Lyles. @FOXSports1—
Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 03, 2013
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports provided further details surrounding the move.
Move also creates flexibility for #Rockies. Fowler earning $7.35M in ’14, then arb-eligible in ’15. Team making progress on Morneau.—
Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 03, 2013
Fowler hit 12 home runs, drove in 42 runs and tallied a .263 batting average in 119 games for Colorado this past season. Although, he struggled to be productive from the plate away from Coors Field, hitting .214 with 64 strikeouts on the road.
The 27-year-old was once a very promising young player, but a poor 2013 campaign didn’t help his trade value and it clearly impacted the Rockies in this deal.
Last year the Rockies were asking for frontline prospects for Dexter Fowler. Today they traded him for a 27-year-old 4th OF and middling SP.—
Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 03, 2013
However, Fowler’s presence in the Astros lineup (possibly as the leadoff hitter) will definitely help them improve on a dismal 2013 season in which they ranked 26th in runs, 29th in batting average and 29th in on-base percentage. He’s also a quality defensive player with the speed needed to chase down fly balls in a spacious center field at Minute Maid Park.
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