Dec
12

Yankee-killer heads to Houston

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Miguel Tejada, who in his career against the Yanks has hit .305/.359/.457, has been traded to the Astros for five uninspiring players. Ladies and gentlemen, your last-place AL East team in 2008 is now the Baltimore Orioles.

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  • LLOYD BANKS

    Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out! I couldnt stand that guy. Thank god he’s gone. That should give us atleast 3-4 more wins against B-more this year.

  • Bo

    I wouldn’t mind having Tejada on the Yanks. The guy can mash and you have to figure on a new team he will be totally rejuvenated.

  • barry

    the orioles might as well not even play ball in 08.

    • Jersey

      I don’t know if I’d call it “playing ball.” More like “curling up and dying.”

  • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

    they still have some very good pitchers. but this is good news for more than one reason: i plan to attend some Baltimore Yankee games next year so this should ensure tickets will be available.

  • Bo

    They will be a solid 58 win team.

    That’s with Bedard

  • Adrian-Retire21

    Good.Let teams trade good players to crappy teams for a bag of fritos and charge the yankees a ton.Thats why I don’t feel that these teams can’t compete when they trade for bad prospects just because the Astros aren’t the Yankees.

  • Marc

    The O’s are so dumb that we can probably tarde Igawa, Pavano, Farnsworth for Bedard.

  • E-ROC

    I feel bad for Hunter Pence. The Astros don’t know whether to compete for the playoffs or rebuild. Granted the overpayed for Carlos Lee and still have Lance Berkman along with Oswalt, but still….They should think long and hard about trading Berkman or Oswalt and rebuild.

  • mehmattski

    Uh, I really see this as a clear win for the Astros. Luke Scott may out-hit Tejada next year. Patton and Albers are pretty good prospects- Mike should be able to confirm this. Add in the possibility that Tejada’s prior production may have been steroid-aided, and the Orioles sold high.

    The asking price for Tejada wasn’t higher because of the Yankees- it was a high price for any of the AL East teams interested .

    It may be a while before Patton works out, so I do agree that the Rays will likely overtake the Orioles next year.

    • mehmattski

      Duh… I meant to say “a pretty clear win for the Orioles.”

  • http://jukeofurl.wordpress.com juke

    No Marc….teams save all their off field smarts & on field heroics for when they go up against the NYY. O’s owner Peter Angelos, who is less of a real baseball man than the Dalai Lama, hates the Yankees. He won’t allow any trade of consequence with the Bronx.

  • RollingWave

    Well it was the right move for Baltimore, it’s actually a little more preplaxing from the Astro’s POV unless they somehow pullout 40 million more per to throw at pitching (which is extremely unlikely…

    those guys aren’t great prospects, but even a few guys panning out to be average to some extend would be worth it already.

    not sure what in the world the Astros were thinking though. they’re essentially going into 08 with 0 pitching outside of Oswalt.

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  • Skrappy1

    I find it interesting that the Orioles dealt Tejada for a collection of nobodies just one day before the Mitchell report is released.

  • Al the Man

    RAB I would do your research before you put up comments. 5 uninspiring players? They traded their 2nd and 3rd best prospects along with Luke Scott who put up a an .882 OPS in 755 plate appearances. He also makes 400K a year. Tejada is slated for $12MM and put up a .799 last year. Plus he broke down for the first time in his career…not a good sign for a guy who has been linked to steroids. I guess we will see the report tomorrow.

    All in all good trade for the Astros

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Luke Scott: Soon-to-be 30 with an OPS and SLG that each suffered big declines in his first season of semi-regular playing time.

      Troy Patton: Projects as a Number 4 starter. K rate dipped alarmingly this season.

      Matt Albers: Decent arm. Fairly awful MLB numbers and needs control.

      Dennis Sarfate: Impressive big league debut and is a New Yorker, but he has no idea where the ball is going.

      Michael Costanzo: Legitimate prospect but is 24 and hasn’t played above AA yet.

      The Astros gave up too many players for Miguel Tejada, and the Orioles got back salary relief, two decent-ish prospects, a few spare parts and Luke Scott. It’s not really a good trade for either party.

      And remember just because these players are the Astros’ 2nd and 3rd best prospects doesn’t mean much if your farm system is weak overall.

  • http://www.skysox.com Sciorsci

    So an .816 OPS qualifies as a “killer” these days? Gosh, even Jeter OPS’s higher than that.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Next time, I’ll be sure to specify that Tejada is a perceived Yankee-killer :)