Colorado Rockies Received: CF Brandon Barnes and SP Jordan Lyles
Houston Astros Received: CF Dexter Fowler
In the opening weeks of 2014, this trade is working out slightly better for the Colorado Rockies than for the Houston Astros.
After getting tagged for four runs in five innings of work against the Miami Marlins on April 2, Jordan Lyles dominated in his second outing for the Rockies. On April 7, the 23-year-old went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits. Lyles also helped himself out at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a couple of RBI.
Brandon Barnes has also been a solid under-the-radar pickup for the Rockies. The 27-year-old outfielder received a vote of confidence from Carlos Gonzalez entering the season, per Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post:
The intensity he brings everyday, you see it, you feel it, he brings it. You talk about leading by example, you have no choice but to follow him. He can help us. Every team needs a guy like him.
With the ability to play all three outfield spots and the speed to steal bases, Barnes, who is batting .273 (6-for-22), is definitely helping the club.
The Astros certainly aren't disappointed with their return, either.
Manager Bo Porter described Dexter Fowler as a "catalyst" atop Houston's lineup, via MLB Network Radio. However, after starting the season with three straight multihit games, the 28-year-old has tumbled into an 0-for-13 rut.
Early Winner: Rockies
Early Losers: Nobody