Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on trade for Fowler
Compared to all the changes the Astros made last offseason – new league, new manager, new uniforms and logo – it’s been relatively quiet this offseason.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the club acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles.
“One of our goals this offseason was to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense,” said Luhnow. “Dexter is an exciting player who can help with the bat, with his legs, and with his glove. Jordan and Brandon are both home grown players who have done well here and provided good memories for our fans. We wish them the best in their careers going forward.”
Fowler, 27, hit .263 with 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 19 stolen bases, 65 walks and a .369 on-base percentage in 119 games with Colorado last season. The switch-hitting outfielder has been Colorado’s primary center fielder for the last five seasons. Fowler has spent his whole career (2008-13) with the Rockies and owns a .270 average with a .365 on-base percentage in 667 Major League games. His .369 on-base percentage as a leadoff hitter since 2009 ranks third in the National League in that span.