It seemed like the Oakland Athletics would rule the day with the multiple trades they made earlier today but that wasn’t the case. Jeff Luhnow miraculously pulled off a trade without a SINGLE rumor of a Fowler-Astros connection.
In a conference call with the Houston media, Fowler said, “I’m very excited for the opportunity, but it’s bittersweet.” Fowler was very surprised but expressed excitement saying, “I try to go out all the time and play as hard as I can and just win. That’s what I’m excited about most.”
Both Lyles and Barnes were blindsided by the deal but Barnes seemed ready to head to a new team. “It’s a new chapter. I don’t know if it’s a fresh start, but it’s something different.” Lyles thanked the Astros organization and believes Houston didn’t rush him to the majors.
The quotes came out quickly right after the trade as did the media’s reactions. The national media were all in favor of the Astros, though some aren’t as high on Fowler as others.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) December 3, 2013
Terrific deal for the Astros getting Dexter Fowler. Should be fascinating to see what they do with George Springer now.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) December 3, 2013
Nice deal by the #astros – like Jordan Lyles as an innings-eater but Dexter will infuse some much-needed talent into the lineup.
— Marc Hulet (@marchulet) December 3, 2013
Love that trade for Houston. Love it.
— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) December 3, 2013
The Fowler trade and Salty signing may not happen for Astros and Marlins, respectively, without new national TV money.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 3, 2013
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 3, 2013
I Have No Idea What The Rockies Are Doing, Pt. 87.
— D.J. Short (@djshort) December 4, 2013
Last year the Rockies were asking for frontline prospects for Dexter Fowler. Today they traded him for a 27-year-old 4th OF and middling SP.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 3, 2013
Astros Player’s Reactions
Goodluck to Lyles and Barnes. Going to miss Barnes really helped me out a lot this year.
Welcome to Houston to @DexterFowler24 . Looking forward to it bro
— Brett Wallace (@brettwallace29) December 3, 2013
Welcome aboard @DexterFowler24.
— Marc Krauss (@MarcKrauss25) December 4, 2013
Houston, here I come! @astros
— Dexter Fowler (@DexterFowler24) December 3, 2013