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Friday Rockpile: Rockies Fowler to Reds Targets Leaked?

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Should the Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to the Reds, Mike Leake would likely be a part of the agreement.

Andy Lyons

ed. Sorry about the late Rockpile this morning. I'm all out of sorts.

The Phillies, Braves and Nationals all have found their starting center fielders elsewhere, leaving the Rockies with a trade chip and few remaining suitors. The Reds stand as a potential location, and while we are told the Rockies have not exchanged names with Cincinnati, Ken Rosenthal put names to a potential deal today:

Two obvious candidates for the Rockies would be right-hander Mike Leake, who is losing his spot in the Reds' rotation to lefty Aroldis Chapman, and center fielder Drew Stubbs, who would lose his job to Fowler.

In other words, the Rockies would be accepting the pieces the Reds don't want anymore, acquiring a home-run prone soft-tossing starting pitcher and a contact-averse center fielder who is basically Dexter Fowler, but worse at everything but basestealing.

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Mike Leake 8-9 35 30 2 0 0 0 179.0 201 97 91 26 41 116 4.58 1.35

Mike Leake has a 14.6% HR/FB rate in his career, better only than Jason Marquis, Tommy Hunter, and Nick Blackburn.

In Troy Renck's piece this morning, the Rockies' beat writer wrote that Colorado needs to be aggressive in the trade market. I agree they certainly need to be more aggressive than they have been in the past, but while Dexter Fowler may be at his peak trade value, they do not need to accept the best deal they are offered.

After Rosenthal's name plug, Renck echoed those names on twitter.

Did Renck and Rosenthal land on those names individually? I hope not. That is not the type of deal the Rockies should be looking for in dealing Dexter Fowler.

The Rays could use a center fielder, but at this point, I would be most interested in a Braves deal centered by Julio Teheran or Randall Delgado.

Links

Jeff Francis returns to a Rockies rotation shrouded in mystery, injuries - The Denver Post

MLB winter meetings: Stars still available in buyers' market - The Denver Post

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