12/05/12 10:18 PM ET
Fowler a trade target, but Rockies' price high
Reds, Phillies are potential matches for speedy center fielder
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
"We're not in the posture of moving Dexter," Geivett said. "I would have to say that for us to get engaged in any type of serious talks on Dexter Fowler, they would have to come in here trying to take him away, almost."
Asked if there had been serious talks, he said, "People in their mind have been talking seriously. I don't think we've taken it seriously."
Media speculation has linked the Reds and the Rockies because Cincinnati's leadoff hitters finished last in the National League in batting average and on-base percentage. The team won the National League Central last year despite that, and a player like Fowler -- who hit .300 last year with a .389 on-base percentage -- could help the Reds reach the next level. Obtaining Fowler would mean the Reds would have a decision to make on Drew Stubbs, another speedy center fielder but one with high strikeouts.To make such a deal, the Rockies could ask for a package that would involve right-handed pitcher Mike Leake, 25, a rising talent who has struck out 234 batters in 346 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, and possibly one of several power arms at the top of the club's farm system. Leake, headed into his fourth season, is the type of ground-ball pitcher who could help stabilize the Rockies' rotation. However, the way the Rockies view Fowler, they would need a greater impact player -- someone who is a star or could become one, like Gonzalez -- to complete such a trade. The Phillies also are in search of a center fielder, but it's not clear if there is a fit with the Rockies. The Rockies have long had interest in Rays pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Davis, but there's no guarantee the teams can swing a deal. One scenario offered by a source has Colorado using what it obtains in one trade to put together a package that could entice Tampa Bay to move. However, the Rays are in position to ask for a high price, so the odds may be against a deal with the Rockies.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.