Blue Jays reportedly discussing trade for Fowler

The Blue Jays have had discussions with the Astros over a trade for outfielder Dexter Fowler,’s Jon Morosi reported Tuesday night. Fowler has a year remaining before he hits free agency, and the Blue Jays are in search of outfield help with both Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus possibly headed elsewhere this offseason.

Fowler also makes sense in Toronto as a switch-hitter, given the Blue Jays’ right-handed heavy lineup. In the past month, Toronto has added righties Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin to a heart of the order that features right-handed sluggers Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.

After six years in Colorado, Fowler was traded to Houston a year ago Wednesday. He hit .276/.375/.399 with the Astros in 116 games in 2014, while battling an intercostal strain that landed him on the DL for a month and a half.

Fowler made $7.35 million last season. He’s entering his third year as arbitration eligible.

-AJ Cassavell


I just really don’t see the Blue Jays as a fit here. They do have lots of young starting pitching, but the Astros do as well. Obviously it never hurts to have an abundance. But to me, isn’t Fowler the exact type of player the Astros should be looking for? A veteran, solid 2 hole hitter to bridge Altuve and Springer, who hits for a high OBP (VERY needed with the K tendency of our lineup), and who plays decent defense to boot. I understand that he is projected $9 mil in arbitration and that he would be a free agent after next year, but there is very little money tied up for future payroll. There is no doubt we could afford him, and realistically the Astros should be trying to extend him now in my opinion. Shopping Fowler, to me, goes back to what may be irreparable damage done between the current front office and Casey Close. And I really hope that is not the case.

A very good fit for the Jays.He runs well and not bad with the bat.He would fill the gap while the young guns who are only a year away,develop into full time major leaguers

Fowler is pretty bad defensively, doesn’t have much power, and much of his value last year came from an unsustainable BABIP of .351. That said, the Astros absolutely need to deal him this offseason while there is a demand for OFs in MLB and Fowler’s value won’t be getting any higher with just 1 year left on his contract and being age 28. Jake Marisnick is going to be the guy the Astros will hope develops into a good CF.

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