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Reds interested in Dexter Fowler to fill leadoff spot

Dec 2, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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The Reds aren’t willing to spend for Michael Bourn or Angel Pagan to upgrade from Drew Stubbs in center fielder, but there is a cheaper alternative available in trade: Colorado’s Dexter Fowler.

FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi reports that the Reds are interested in Fowler, while the Rockies happen to like Reds starter Homer Bailey. There’s no indication that the two sides have actually discussed a deal involving those two, but perhaps they will at the winter meetings beginning Monday.

A deal involving those two would seem to improve the Reds’ chances for 2013. Bailey emerged as a very good starting pitcher last year, but he has a history of arm problems and the Reds have Mike Leake available to step into his spot in the rotation. The difference between Leake and Bailey probably isn’t as great as the difference between Stubbs and Fowler.

The Rockies would probably want more than Bailey for their center fielder, but perhaps adding Stubbs to the deal would even it up in their eyes. They could take a one-year look at Stubbs and then go in a different direction if he fails to take a step forward.

There’s also a complication for the Reds; much of Fowler’s trade value is rooted in the fact that he’s under control through 2015. The Reds, though, should have Billy Hamilton ready to take over in center in 2014, and Fowler wouldn’t be all that valuable in a corner.

  1. boyofzimmer - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Homer Bailey is not worth Dexter Fowler nonetheless Bailey and Stubbs. I’d be hard pressed to trade Stubbs straight up for Fowler. C’mon now, get serious! Leake for Fowler sounds more like it… especially if you include all the free T shirts Leake can ”acquire” for your team! #shoplifting

    • brucewaynewins - Dec 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      I was going to say you meant “Dexter Fowler is not worth Homer Bailey” because I feel Homer is worth more than Dexter but by the end I see we agree you just worded it backwards and confused me.

      I’d much rather send the Rockies Leake and something else. Bailey is far too good to give up for just Dexter Fowler and honestly I’m not sure Bailey would do so well in the confines of Coors Field.

  2. boyofzimmer - Dec 2, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    I obviously mean Bailey > Fowler… Stupid English language!

  3. natsattack - Dec 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Fouler > Bailey by far.

  4. jonrox - Dec 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Considering the Reds now have six starting pitchers with Chapman in the fold, Redmond able to spot start, and two AAA starters that are nearly ready, they have an abundance of riches at starter. On the other hand, Dexter Fowler is exactly what the Reds need: a cheap outfielder that can play CF, has good enough speed and patience at the plate to lead off, and can bat righthanders effectively.

    If the Reds can get something close to a straight up swap of Bailey and Fowler, I think they will have gotten a steal.

    • junglerat524 - Dec 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      Exactly.

  5. contraryguy - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    The tricky thing about trading Homer is that he was a Reds 1st round pick in 2004; 7th overall. They’ve been more than patient with him since that time, and now that he’s possibly showing his promise, do the Reds sell high, or keep him and enjoy a potential long-term quality starter for years to come? A tough call for Walt to make, but one he probably has to make. The Reds will never make the WS without that leadoff guy.

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