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Astros acquire OF Fowler from Rockies for OF Barnes and RHP Lyles

Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler
The 27-year-old Fowler is a switch-hitter who primarily plays center field.
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HOUSTON (AP)

The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles.

Houston will also receive a player to be named in the deal announced Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Fowler hit .263 with 18 doubles, 42 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 119 games last season. Fowler, a switch-hitter who primarily plays center field, hit .300 in 2012.

Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow says a goal was: ''to bring in an outfielder who can spark our offense.''

Barnes, also 27, hit .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs as a rookie last season. The 23-year-old Lyles was 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 ERA in 27 games - 25 starts - in 2013. Lyles was a supplemental first-round pick by the Astros in 2008.

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