Dexter Fowler switched agents three weeks ago and is now represented by Casey Close of Excel Sports Management, instead of the Boras Corporation, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports. The 26-year-old center fielder spoke highly of Scott Boras, but said Close made more sense for him at this point in his career. With more than a month remaining in the season, he’s not thinking about extension talks just yet.
"I like it here, but it's not something on my mind," he told Renck.
The Rockies are expected to offer Fowler an extension this winter when he will be arbitration eligible for the second of four times, Renck reports. The team expects Fowler to be more receptive to a long-term contract now that he’s no longer represented by Boras, who has a reputation for taking player to free agency. The Rockies’ model for deals involving arbitration eligible players involves guaranteeing salaries for a number of years and obtaining a club option or two on free agent seasons in return, Renck writes.
Fowler is under team control through 2015. He has a .305/.390/.496 batting line with 12 home runs in 439 plate appearances so far in 2012. MLBTR's Agency Database offers complete player representation data, including a list of Close's clients.