Rockies acquire Lyles, Barnes from Astros for Fowler

The Astros on Tuesday acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles.

Fowler, 27, hit .263 with 18 doubles, 12 home runs, 42 RBIs, 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 for the Rockies in 2013 and has been Colorado’s primary center fielder for the last five seasons (2009-13).

Barnes, 27, hit .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 136 games in what was his rookie season in 2013. He appeared in 179 Major League games over the last two seasons (2012-13) with the Astros. Barnes was originally a sixth-round pick by Houston in the 2005 draft.

Lyles, 23, went 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 ERA 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. Lyles was originally a supplemental first-round draft pick by Houston in the 2008 draft.

— Brian McTaggart


With the addition of Fowler and the removals of Barnes and Lyles, the Astros 40-man roster is now at 36 players.


Big Daddy Dex!!!!

Like this trade Jordan has been a huge disappointment at the Major League level and Dexter should do well in Houston. Hopefully this a sign of things to come .


Brain, here we go again, trading one for three, maybe it works, but not sure for Astros !!!     Ralph


disappointing trade – we already have too many outfielders. and the guys going are LEADERS. Bad move.

Barnes was a great guy and great defensively, but we currently have a plethora of OF’s, and more on the way up, I like this trade. I hope Dexter is a piece to the offensive puzzle that we desperately need!

Although I loved watching Barnes play…….he clearly wasn’t in the “plans” for Houston. I’m more concerned about the Lyles trade. I hope he turns out to be another Matt Cain……………..Luhnow will flip Fowler the first opportunity he gets next year.
With this whole Comcast debacle……I’ll be surprised if Crane spends one more dollar on this club.

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