The offseason just got more interesting. The Houston Astros announced Tuesday afternoon that they had acquired Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies along with a player to be named for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes.
Fowler is a 27-year old starting center fielder who hit .263/.369/.407 last season with 12 home runs and 19 stolen bases. He started 106 games in center field for the Rockies and has a career OBP of .365.
From the team press release:
"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 is under contract for 2014 and will be arbitration eligible in 2015. He's owed $7.25 million in 2014, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.
Lyles, 23, ends his Astros tenure with a career record of 14-29 in three seasons with a 5.35 career ERA. Last season, Lyles made 25 starts and went 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA. The former top prospect never blossomed into the star pitcher Houston envisioned when it rushed him to the majors in 2011.
Meanwhile, Barnes, 27, hit .240 in his first full season in the majors while becoming Houston's best defensive outfielder. The rookie appeared in 136 games for Houston, mostly in center field.
What do you think? Is this the kind of impact move Houston needed to make this offseason to fill the void in the outfield? Are you glad the team is finally spending some money? Are you sad to see Barnes and Lyles leaving?