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A’s trade Fowler to Pirates

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Dustin Fowler from the Oakland A’s for cash

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Dustin Fowler has been traded from the Oakland A’s to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash, it has been announced today. Fowler had been designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40 man roster for Trevor Rosenthal.

We talked about Fowler when the A’s DFA’d him — he’s a 26 year old former well regarded prospect who has not been the same since wrecking his knee in a collision with a wall in the first inning of his first major league game. He’s out of options, so a team acquiring him would have to put him on waivers to send him down, but he’s someone who makes sense for a rebuilding team like the Pirates to take a chance on.

As I noted in my original Fowler post, there’s some question about whether he can handle center field defensively, and if he’s a lefthanded hitting corner outfielder, the Rangers, though rebuilding, probably wouldn’t be the team to take a flyer on him, given how many lefthanded hitting corner outfield/DH types they already have.