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Rockies “open to trading” Dexter Fowler

Nov 26, 2013, 1:13 PM EDT

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In addition to their “heavy interest” in Justin Morneau the Rockies are also involved in trade talks for Mark Trumbo of the Angels and various Royals relievers, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

And what would Colorado be giving up in a potential swap? Renck reports that “opposing executives have said for weeks that the Rockies are open to trading Dexter Fowler” and might be willing to shift Carlos Gonzalez to center field if needed.

How much value Fowler has across the league is an interesting question, because while he’s a 27-year-old center fielder with a varied skill set he’s also expensive and close to free agency. Plus, away from Coors Field he’s hit just .241 with a .694 OPS for his career, compared to .298 with an .880 OPS in Colorado.

  1. yahmule - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Dexter has ugly splits all over the place last year, but his home/road mark for his career isn’t extreme for a Rockies hitter and he has generally handled lefthanders better than he did last year. Historically, he is very streaky from month to month. Eight homers in April last year, but just 12 on the season. Nice young man, though. He’s a guy who will happily show up at schools to talk to kids on off days.

  2. xjokerz - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Mark Trumbo might smack 40 homeruns in coorsfield.

    not a big fan of his swing and miss antics, but dude has some power.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I think he’d definitely have a chance. He has hit 34 and 32 HRs in the last two seasons, playing in Anaheim.

    • dinofrank60 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Do the Rockies have any pitching the Angels want? and Fowler won’t play CF in Anaheim. Looks like a multi-team deal.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        “Do the Rockies have any pitching the Angels want?”

        I’m not familiar enough with the Rockies’ roster. Do they have any 30+ year old position players that have been showing steady declines we can sign to long term contracts? That seems to be what interests the Halos most.

  3. liamj55 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Man this guy would make sense for the Phillies. Too bad he is too young for Ruin Tomorrow Jr to look at………

    • yahmule - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      “Ruin Tomorrow Jr”

  4. phillysports1 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Yea he will be perfect in philly .

  5. kcrobert10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I would be willing to part with a reliever for him in kc. Not the closer but we could talk about anyone else.

  6. aphillieated - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Ruben needs to get this guy. C’mon ruben!

  7. sincitybonobo - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Fowler has a unique skill set for Coors. There is a ton of ground to cover in that park and the Rockies need a CF with plus speed.

    In all other ballparks, his OPS drops nearly .200 points. This is mitigated by the fact that a big plurality of his road games have been played in extreme pitchers parks- SF, SD, LA.

    Even so, why would the Rockies want to give up the OPS advantage at home, and why would another team want to pay to acquire the nearly .200 OPS drop that he’d bring with him closer to sea level?

    He’s signed for two more years. I thought the Rockies would want to extend him, not trade him.

  8. sincitybonobo - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    The Rockies won 45 games at home last season and 29 on the road. Perhaps they feel that what he adds at Coors is less than what he costs them on the road.

    Would his replacement cover as much ground at Coors with an .880 OPS?

    They can’t dig themselves such a huge hole on the road if they plan to contend. Being 25th in road ERA is likely a more pressing hole than Fowler.

  9. sincitybonobo - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Pads were 5th best in Home ERA and DFL away from Petco. Good landing spot for Johnson, who needs to reestablish his value.

  10. socialsnit - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    CarGo has pretty much proven that he will only play about 90 games a year if he spends significant time in center.

    Ergo, the Rockies will almost certainly trade Fowler for a gritty long reliever.

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