In a move that makes almost no sense at all, the Rockies decided to trade Dexter Fowler to the Astros for…wait for it…Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes. If that wasn’t bad enough the team will also be sending a player to be named later to Houston.
Sure, Fowlers numbers weren’t stellar: .263 w/18 doubles, 42 RBI’s and 19 stolen bases in 119 games. Yes, he never really seemed to put together a complete season full of highlight reels, which is very frustrating, but it was those few moments of sheer brilliance in the field or when he strung together clutch hits over several weeks at a time that had the faithful hoping he could really make a go of it each season.
Alas, he will have his chance on the other basement dwelling team in the majors.
In return the Rockies will get Lyles who went 7-9 with a 5.59 ERA over 27 games last season. Over his first three season in the majors Lyles is 14-29 with a 5.35 ERA. Nothing to write home about, unless you wanted to tell your family you still don’t know how to pitch.
The other player named in the trade, Brandon Barnes, is 27 and hit .240 with eight HR’s and 41 RBIs as a rookie last season. He did play 43 games in 2012 for the ‘Stros and gave Mendoza a run for his money, hitting .204.
Geivett joined KOA and Andrew Fisher (@PoseidonsFist) posted some snippets of the conversation:
…extremely difficult to let Dexter go, but it’s also difficult for us to acquire starting pitching…in any trade, we look to acquire starting pitching first…Lyles was the target of the package…this opens us up to some other options in free agency or trade with that salary relief…We were fortunate to get a young starter that we control for a whole. He was rushed to MLB. Our guys like his cutter…Our guys think Lyles is like where Hammel was when we acquired him. That things will start to go his direction now…payroll would be comparable whether Dex traded or not. That salary will be used for moves to come…