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Colorado Rockies Sign OF Dexter Fowler To 1-Year Contract, Avoid Arbitration

The Colorado Rockies have reached an agreement with center fielder Dexter Fowler, avoiding arbitration with the four-year pro. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Rockies will pay Fowler $2.35 million in the 2012 MLB season.

Fowler, drafted by the Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 amateur draft, has spent his entire career with the Rockies. The speedy outfielder led the league in triples in 2010 and had another strong season in 2011, hitting .266/.363/.432 with 5 homers and 12 steals.

Since becoming the main Rockies center fielder in 2009, Fowler has increased his slugging percentage every year -- from .406 to .410 to .432 -- hitting an impressive 35 doubles in 2011.

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