Colorado Rockies Trade Dexter Fowler To Houston Astros
Dexter Fowler no longer has to worry about trade rumors as the outfielder has been dealt to the Houston Astros. The Colorado Rockies sent Fowler and a player to be named later to the Astros in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles.
The haul for the Rockies is underwhelming to say the least.
Barnes batted .240/.289/.346 in 445 plate appearances this past season. He had 127 strikeouts on the season, and walked just 11 times. He stole bases at a porous 50% clip, going 11 for 22 on the season. Defensively Barnes was excellent with a 6.2 UZR/150 in 913 innings, and seven defensive runs saved. Barnes is 27 and has five years of team control remaining, and is not arbitration eligible until 2016.
Lyles is still just 23, but the former top prospect has struggled to adjust to life in the majors. He owns a 5.35 ERA in 377 innings pitched, but with an xFIP more than a run lower at 4.23. In addition, he owns an impressive 48.6 GB% so there is definitely still some potential. However, Lyles has a 1.22 HR/9 rate which could spell trouble pitching in Coors Field. Lyles has four years of team control remaining and becomes arbitration eligible next offseason.
The prize of this deal is the 27-year-old Fowler. Fowler has always fascinated people with his impressive walk rates, power and speed. He started the 2013 season on a torrid pace, but dealt with injuries and ultimately just played in 119 games. He batted .263/.369/.407 with 12 homeruns and 19 stolen bases. Defensively he is below average with a -10.9 UZR/150 for his career. Fowler has two more years of arbitration ahead of him before potentially becoming a free agent in 2016.
Whether or not Fowler can put it all together has always been the question. He may never put together that stellar season we have all been waiting for, but for what the Astros gave up, it is definitely worth the risk to find out.