Dexter Fowler Traded to Houston

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0  Updated at 2:41 am, December 4th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Rob Carr/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Fowler has spent his entire six-year major league career with the Rockies. During that time he hit .270, with 376 runs scored, 40 home runs, 210 RBIs, 83 stolen bases and a .365 on-base percentage.

“We’re happy about it,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “We’ve been working on it for more than a few days now, and I think it really fits with our offseason strategy. We want to focus on pitching, but we want to be able to bring in an offensive catalyst, and I think this type of player for us is ideal….It’s a pretty exciting overall package for us.”

Meanwhile, the Rockies acquire the 27-year-old Barnes and the 23-year-old Lyles.

Lyles, a first-round pick of the Astros in the 2008 Draft, appeared in 27 games for Houston last season, pitching 141.2 innings while compiling a 7-9 record, 5.59 ERA, 93 strikeouts and a 1.51 WHIP.

Barnes played in 136 games last season, hitting .240 with eight home runs, 46 runs scored, 41 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

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