Rockies could trade Dexter Fowler

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Future Mets, Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Rockies will entertain trade possibilities for multiple position players, including Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer, opposing executives and scouts tell Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post. Colorado has had a miserable season; a season where because of a lack of pitching the Rockies have decided to do a 4 man pitching staff that has caused “mixed results” to be kind.

The Rockies need pitching and are willing to deal two good outfielders in Cuddyer and Fowler to get some arms. From the Mets perspective, you can forget about Cuddyer who has 2 years and 20 million left on his contract but Fowler is very intriguing. Dexter Fowler is a great athlete who seemingly has put it all together this season. Dexter Fowler is batting an even .300 with 13 homers and 53 runs batted in with 11 triples. Fowler plays half of his games in Coors Field so his numbers are a tad inflated but he would look really good manning centerfield in Citi Field.

Fowler will go arbitration for the 2nd time this winter as a super two. (Four times arbitration not three) Dexter is making $2.35 this year so he should make somewhere in the $4.5 million range next season according to baseballreference. That may be out of the Mets price range but if they trade a big piece to get like Jon Niese to get Fowler (likely what it would take) that would free up enough money.

Baseball reference believes Fowler is a below average defending but Coors field often messes up a lot of defensive metrics. I believe Fowler is a solid defender who is now coming into his own offensively and defensively in his age 26 season.

The Mets need guys who can hit lefties. Dexter Fowler is a switch hitter who has hit .315 vs. lefties this season, making him a great fit.

Fowler looks like a good player but the Rockies have Tyler Colvin who could play center everyday if the Rockies wanted. The Rockies need pitching just to be competitive next season and trading Fowler could get them a nice pitcher in return. The Mets have some option as we have discussed and Dexter Fowler should be added to the list.

  1. […] The Rockies have gotten off to a hot start this year thanks to a strong start from centerfielder Dexter Fowler, who has six homers already. I talked about how Fowler would be a great option for the Mets in centerfield last September. You can check out that article here. […]

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