HOUSTON – The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for OF Brandon Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles.
The Astros will also receive another player to be named at a later date.
Fowler hit .263 with 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 42 RBI, 19 stolen bases, 65 walks and a .369 on-base percentage in 119 games with Colorado last season. The switch-hitting outfielder started 106 games in center field.
“One of our goals this offseason was to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense,” said Luhnow. “Dexter is an exciting player who can help with the bat, with his legs, and with his glove.”
Fowler signed a two-year contract with Colorado that covers the 2013-14 seasons and will be under the Astros control and eligible for his final year of arbitration in 2015. He has spent his whole career with Colorado and owns a .270 average with a .365 on-base percentage in 667 MLB games.
Barnes, 27, hit .240 (98x408) with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 136 games in what was his rookie season in 2013.
Lyles, 23, went 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 ERA (88ER/141.2IP) in 27 games (25 starts) with the Astros last season. He appeared in 72 games (65 starts) for the Astros since his MLB debut in 2011.
“Jordan and Brandon are both home grown players who have done well here and provided good memories for our fans,” said Luhnow. “We wish them the best in their careers going forward.”
With the addition of Fowler and the removals of Barnes and Lyles, the Astros 40-man roster is now at 36 players.