Astros acquire Fowler from Rockies

Updated: 12/03/2013 4:37 pm

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Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros on Tuesday acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles.

"One of our goals this offseason was to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense," said Astros GM Jeff Luhnow. "Dexter is an exciting player who can help with the bat, with his legs, and with his glove."

Fowler, 27, hit .263 with 12 home runs, 18 doubles and 42 RBI, with a .369 on- base percentage in 119 games with Colorado last season. The switch-hitter started 106 games in center field.

The Georgia native spent his whole career (2008-13) with Colorado and owns a .270 average with 40 homers, 120 doubles, 53 triples and .365 on-base percentage in 667 games.

Barnes batted .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 136 games for the American League's worst club last season. He has appeared in 179 games over the last two seasons (2012-13) with the Astros.

Lyles, a 23-year-old right-hander, went 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 earned run average in 27 games (25 starts) with the Astros last season. He has appeared in 72 games (65 starts) for the Astros since his MLB debut in 2011, going 14-29 with a 5.35 ERA.

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