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Report: Phillies talk to Rockies about Dexter Fowler

Dec 3, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

Rich Dauer, Dexter Fowler, Pedro Alvarez AP

The Phillies, having already missed out on B.J. Upton, Angel Pagan and Denard Span as possibilities for center field, have talked to the Rockies about Dexter Fowler,’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

The Rockies don’t need to move Fowler, who is due about $5 million in arbitration next year, but they’re open to the possibility if it gets them back some quality pitching. Vance Worley‘s name would certainly come up in any talks between the two teams. More available is Tyler Cloyd, who was nearly shipped off to Houston for reliever Wilton Lopez last week.

The 26-year-old Fowler hit .300/.389/.474 with 13 homers and 12 steals in 454 at-bats last season. He’s a career .271/.364/.427 hitter, but much of his production has come at Coors Field. He’s a lifetime .295/.395/.487 hitter at home, compared to .248/.331/.367 on the road.

  1. schmedley69 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Those home/road splits are pretty dramatic. Amaro better not give up Worley for that guy.

    • greymares - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      60 year Phillie fan i trade Worley in a heart beat for Fowler. what’s your option overpay for Bourne or Hamilton the Phillies have pitching in the minors they do not have outfielders.

      • schmedley69 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        Worley is worth more than Fowler, who looks like a very mediocre player away from Coors Field. I would trade Cloyd for Fowler, but not Worley.

      • baseballisboring - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        It’s reductive to just double the road stats and assume that’s his true level, though. The NL West also has Petco Park, AT&T and Dodger Stadium, so he’s playing a lot of games in pitcher’s parks. A center fielder who can get on base with a little bit of pop is definitely worth a back end guy like Worley, I think.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      I am not advocating one way or the other on Worley – but there is something about him that makes me think Bruce Ruffin, Tyler Green and J.A. Happ. So many of these young pitchers look great until guys have seen them 3 or 4 times

  2. kingjoe1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    The phillies need to pursue Stanton and balancing from marlins . Send Cloud, Joseph an Worley

  3. mojosmagic - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I would trade Worley in a heartbeat for Folwler.

  4. schmedley69 - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    He doesn’t appear to be a big improvement over John Mayberry, Jr. I would rather keep Worley and play Mayberry again in CF than trade for Fowler. It’s a bad market this year. The worse thing that Amaro can do is force the issue. Sometimes you’re better off standing pat.

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