Rockies, Fowler agree to 2-year deal

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies and Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration for the next two seasons with a new deal.

According to the team's official Twitter account, the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal with center fielder and leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler. The contract is worth $11.6 million, per CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The deal means the two parties avoid an arbitration hearing for 2013 and buys out another arbitration year in 2014.

Fowler had filed at $5.15 million for this season while the club countered with an offer of $4.25 million. Fowler was the club's final arbitration eligible player for 2013.

The 26-year-old Fowler had a career year for the Rockies in 2012, playing in 143 games and hitting .300/.389/.474 with 13 home runs and 53 runs batted in, setting career highs in all of those stats. He also had 11 triples, bringing his career total to 50, a Rockies franchise record. He was also consistent from both sides of the plate, something that had been an issue for the switch-hitter in the past.

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