Both the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox could use some speed and on base percentage atop their lineup. Given that, it makes sense that both clubs have reportedly shown trade interest in Houston Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler.
A former member of the Colorado Rockies, Fowler was thought to be a fixture for their franchise moving forward but his play stagnated and the Rockies eventually decided to move on. However, atop the Astros lineup Fowler has become a force thanks to his .377 on base percentage. Add in his ability to steal bases and adequate defense and it’s understandable as to why teams would be interested in the 28-year-old outfielder.
With word that nothing came together earlier when the Red Sox and Giants were believed interested in outfielder Dexter Fowler, who’s now on the disabled list, and not much buzz around catcher Jason Castro at this point, the most likely trade pieces may be veteran relievers Chad Qualls and Tony Sipp, who’ve been effective.
Although Fowler is on the disabled list and can’t be traded yet, his return isn’t very far away and he’ll likely be activated before the deadline passes. Of course, interested teams like the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants would want to make sure he’s healthy before making a move.
What the Houston Astros would be seeking in return is unknown, though given their youth movement it’s safe to assume they’d be content with prospects to stock their minor league system.
Dexter Fowler is currently hitting .270 with 6 home runs and 24 RBI.