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You may not have figured this out yet, but I am a huge Houston Astros fan. Last season was a very painful one, other than the thrill of watching Craig Biggio pad his Hall of Fame resume. (I got to see him play one last time in Houston, which was a blast.)Today the Houston Astros made a huge trade for Miguel Tejada. Here is the trade. The Astros get Miguel Tejada. The Orioles get: Luke Scott, Troy Patton, Matt Albers, Dennis Sarfate, and Mike Costanzo. I have to say I really don’t know what to make of this trade. It seemed obvious that we were going to trade Luke Scott, but I am very surprised that Patton was a part of the deal, since we are a) desperate for pitching and b) he seemed to be the consensus best pitching prospect in our system.It is also somewhat shocking to me to notice how dramatically different our lineup will be from last year. So far, 2 (yes TWO) of last year’s starting 8 offensive players will be starting on opening day, and one of them was making his first start as a Houston Astro (they are Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee). I guess now that Biggio and Bagwell are gone it is starting to sink in more that the Astros really are like any other team, with a constantly changing lineup.I have no idea what people will say about this trade in two years after Tejada has played as an Astro, and is a free agent again. If he produces and helps the Astros contend again, it could be seen as a huge success. If he is mediocre and some of those prospects pan out, I think there is the potential that this could go down as one of the worst trades in baseball history. Not saying that it will, just that it could. Here is one interesting, and funny, take on this trade.Here’s hoping that it works out great for my Astros!

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