Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tejada Traded to Houston

Today the Orioles traded SS Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros . The Orioles will recieve OF Luke Scott, P Matt Albers, 3B Michael Costanzo, P Troy Patton and P Dennis Sarfate. The Astros have been trying to acquire the shortstop for two years now. Tejada signed a six-year, $72 million deal with the Orioles in December 2003, a little over a year after winning the American League Most Valuable Player award with the Oakland Athletics. At his introductory news conference, Tejada vowed that Baltimore would no longer be home to a losing baseball franchise. He lied. Last year Tejada hit .296 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs. Speaking with the Associated Press via telephone, Tejada said:

"I feel very happy with this trade, because it's something that I've been really looking forward to." "I was in Houston last week and I've played in Minute Maid Park in the All-Star game, so I think I'll do great in that city."

Tejada also said that his mind set is to produce everywhere and help the Astros make the playoffs. Miguel Tejada is now a Houston Astro and will remain at the shortstop positon. The Mets were rumored to have interest in Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard at the Winter Meetings.