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Phillies Looking at Dexter Fowler?

Could the Phillies be shopping for Dexter Fowler? (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Phillies have talked to the Rockies about a trade for Dexter Fowler.  It would be interesting to see what the Rockies would be asking for in return for Fowler – Jerry Crasnick of reported that the Rockies’ asking price for him is “sky high” and the outfielder is unlikely to be traded about a week ago.

In the report, it states that the Rockies would want pitching back in return “for now and the future.” In other words, it would likely require a major league-ready starter and good starter prospect in order to pry Fowler away from the Rockies.

Fowler, 26, hit .300 with 13 home runs and had a .389 on-base percentage in Colorado in 2012.  He is a good centerfielder with speed and is a switch-hitter, making him an attractive top of the order piece for the Phillies.  One worry are his home/away splits, he’s been a significantly better hitter at Coors Field, hitting .295/.395/.487 at home. His .248/.331/.367 career line on the road is far less impressive.

So what would it take to get him?

I would assume you start with Vance Worley and possibly a Tyler Cloyd since the Rockies are interested in pitching.  The Phillies included Cloyd in a deal a week ago with catcher Sebastian Valle for set-up man Wilton Lopez – that deal fell through.

Regardless, the Phillies need to act soon on center field, with B.J. Upton and Angel Pagan off the market.


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