Astros History

Astros: Reviewing the 2007 Miguel Tejada trade with Orioles

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 2: Miguel Tejada #10 of the Houston Astros looks on against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Astros defeated the Braves 5-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 2: Miguel Tejada #10 of the Houston Astros looks on against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on May 2, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Astros defeated the Braves 5-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA – APRIL 15: Left fielder Luke Scott #30 of the Houston Astros in action during the game against Philadelphia Phillies the on April 13, 2007 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Astros defeated the Phillies 9-6.(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA – APRIL 15: Left fielder Luke Scott #30 of the Houston Astros in action during the game against Philadelphia Phillies the on April 13, 2007 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Astros defeated the Phillies 9-6.(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /

What the Astros Gave Up

Scott was the most established player going to Baltimore. He hit .336/.426/.621 in 65 games in 2006 and .255/.351/.504 with 28 doubles and 18 homers in 132 games in 2007, providing the Astros with 3.5 WAR over three seasons.

He continued to hit well in Baltimore, compiling a .260/.342/.485 line with 95 doubles and 84 homers in four seasons and totaling 7.9 WAR. He left via free agency and spent his last two seasons with the Rays, totaling 0.5 WAR in those two campaigns.

Albers broke into the majors in 2006 and got his first extended major league action in 2007, going 4-11 with a 5.86 ERA in 18 starts and 13 relief appearances for the Astros. He pitched almost entirely out of the bullpen in Baltimore, compiling a 4.60 ERA in three seasons. He’s played for eight teams in his up-and-down career thus far, including another brief stint in Houston in 2014.

Patton, who was a Houston-area native like Albers, made a brief major league debut with the Astros in 2007. The left-hander was a top prospect, but suffered a torn labrum in early 2008 and would not return to the majors until 2010, when he made just one appearance. He pitched effectively out of the Orioles’ bullpen for the next three seasons before being traded to the Padres in 2014.

Patton had issues with failing drug tests, as he failed one in 2010 and another in late 2013, which resulted in a 25-game suspension in 2014. He once again tested positive for an amphetamine in late 2014 and received an 80-game suspension, though he did not see the majors again. He played for the Royals’ Triple-A club in 2015, and that was his last appearance.

Sarfate made seven relief appearances with the Astros in 2007, allowing one run in 8.1 innings. He pitched for the Orioles for two seasons, working to a combined 4.82 ERA in four starts and 73 relief appearances, as he had difficulty limiting free passes.

Costanzo never played in the majors with either team. He came to the Astros in the Lidge trade, so he was only with the organization for a little more than a month. He reached the majors in 2012 with the Reds, appearing in 17 games and compiling just one single, one walk and two sacrifice flies in 21 plate appearances. That would be the entirety of his major league career.

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