Blue Jays reportedly discussing trade for Fowler
The Blue Jays have had discussions with the Astros over a trade for outfielder Dexter Fowler, FOXSports.com’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.