The Astros were said to be in the market for an outfielder who “can spark the offense” and the Astros did just that in acquiring Dexter Fowler. Fowler is coming off a 2013 season where he batted .263 with 12 HR, 42 RBI, and a .776 OPS in 415 at-bats. In 2012, Fowler batted .300 with 13 HR, 53 RBI, and a .863 OPS in 454 at-bats and that’s what they hope to receive in this deal. The 27-year old has the potential to be better than a 15/15 player for the Astros and will be in the starting lineup come April 2014.
The Astros didn’t give up much for Fowler. Brandon Barnes was a fan favorite, but really just a 4th outfielder for the Astros. The 26-year old batted just .240 in 408 at-bats in 2013. Barnes was amazing to watch in center field making several spectacular catches throughout the season. The Astros didn’t sacrifice much defensively getting the speedy Fowler to replace him.
Jordan Lyles is the bigger piece headed to the Rockies. The 38th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Lyles was the Astros top pitching prospect just a few seasons ago. Since then, Lyles has had many ups and downs over his career. Lyles was expected to start the 2013 season in the rotation but struggled terribly in Spring Training and was sent to Triple-A OKC for the beginning of the season. Lyles ended up with 25 starts in 2013 and finished with a 5.59 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 141.2 innings pitched. The 23-year old Lyles still has some potential but I’m not sure he will succeed pitching in the batter-friendly Coors Field.
What do you think Astros fans? Happy to acquire semi-big name? Sad to see Lyles go? Sound off in the comments below.