Dexter Fowler (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)
By now, I’m sure everyone has heard. The Houston Astros made a trade Tuesday night and acquired switch-hitting outfielder and top of the order hitter Dexter Fowler.
We had the deal covered here from an Astros perspective with a breakdown of the trade and also a more detailed look at Fowler. But enough with the plugging of our own articles and content. I think a good measure of the success of a new addition is what fans of the team that lost the player has to say.
One Colorado Rockies blog, Purple Row, posted a rather lengthy article expressing displeasure with the trade and the loss of Fowler. More noteworthy to me than the specific content of the article, was the overwhelmingly negative tone that the comments had. At the time of writing this article, there were 778 comments. Sure some were nonsensical, but the takeaway here, is that people were not happy about losing Fowler.
Quite frankly, I don’t really blame them. The return was not great, and Fowler is a talented player who they watched develop and from who big things were expected.
It still remains to be seen how this deal will play out for the Astros, but it is nice to be on the other end of a deal like this for a change. Being the team that actually takes on payroll and the better player for someone else’s “spare parts” is surely something that I can get used to. Personally, I will miss Brandon Barnes more than Jordan Lyles. But that will be mitigated by the fact that the Fowler plays the same position as Barnes.