12/12/2007 1:45 PM ET
Orioles trade Miguel Tejada to Astros, receive five players in return
The Orioles today announced that they have traded SS Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros in exchange for OF Luke Scott, LHP Troy Patton, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Dennis Sarfate and 3B Mike Constanzo.
Scott, 29, batted .255 and set career-highs in games (132), runs (49), hits (94), doubles (28), home runs (18) and RBI (64) in his third season with the Astros in 2007. He ranks sixth among National League outfielders in slugging percentage (.547) and eighth in on-base percentage (.378) since the beginning of the 2006 season (min. 300 AB). He was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the ninth round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft.
Patton, 22, went 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA (12.2IP, 5ER) in three games (two starts) with Houston in 2007, his first Major League appearances. He was also a combined 10-8 with a 3.51 ERA (151.1IP, 59ER) with 94 strikeouts in 24 starts between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock last season. Last month, he was rated the Astros' #3 prospect by Baseball America. Patton was Houston's ninth round selection in the 2004 First Year Player Draft.
Albers, 24, appeared in 31 games (18 starts) for Houston in 2007, going 4-11 with a 5.86 ERA (110.2IP, 72ER). He ranked eighth among NL rookies in innings pitched and strikeouts (71). In 2006, he earned Texas League Pitcher of the Year honors with Corpus Christi after leading the Texas League in wins (10) and ERA (2.17). He was originally selected by Houston in the 23rd round of the 2001 First Year Player Draft.
Sarfate, 26, went 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA (8.1IP, 1ER) and 14 strikeouts in seven appearances for the Astros in 2007 after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers organization on Sept. 11. He went 2-7 with a 4.52 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 61.2 innings pitched in 45 games for Triple-A Nashville prior to being traded. Sarfate was the Brewers' ninth round selection in the 2001 First Year Player Draft.
Costanzo, 24, was acquired by the Astros as part of the trade that sent RHP Brad Lidge to the Philadelphia Phillies on Nov. 11. Last month, he was rated the sixth best prospect in the Houston organization by Baseball America. Costanzo hit .270 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI for Double-A Reading in 2007, finishing second in the Eastern League in home runs. The third baseman was originally selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2005 First Year Player Draft.
Costanzo will be assigned to the Minor Leagues and Scott, Patton, Albers and Sarfate will be added to the 40-man roster. To make room for these players on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated RHP Cory Doyne for assignment.
Tejada, 31, batted .311 in 619 games over four seasons with Baltimore. He hit .296 in 133 games for the Orioles in 2007, extending his consecutive games played streak to 1,152, the fifth-longest streak of all time, before going on the disabled list with a fractured left radius on June 22. He originally signed with the Orioles as a free agent in December 2003 after spending the first 10 years of his career in the Oakland A's organization.
The Orioles also announced that they have signed OF Tike Redman to a one-year contract. Redman batted .318 in 40 games for the Orioles in 2007.