Sports - Colorado Rockies

Jan 17, 2012 8:43 PM by Jordan Mason

Rockies, OF Fowler agree to 1-year deal

DENVER (AP) - Speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler has agreed to a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies to avoid arbitration.

Terms of the deals announced Tuesday haven't been released.

Fowler has been a pitcher's best friend patrolling center field, tracking down numerous fly balls into the deepest parts of spacious Coors Field. He also had a solid season at the plate after rebounding from a slow start, hitting .266 with five homers and 45 RBIs.

The switch-hitting Fowler had 15 triples in 2011 to break his own team mark.

On Sunday, the Rockies agreed to a one-year, $2,415,000 deal with outfielder Seth Smith to avoid arbitration. The team then turned around and traded him to the Oakland Athletics the next day for right-hander Guillermo Moscoso along with lefty Josh Outman.

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