Phillies Looking at Dexter Fowler?
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com 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 ESPN.com 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.