Siberian Baseball

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Moving Day for Tejada, Rowland

After years - literally years - of rumors regarding Miguel Tejada getting out of Baltimore, the Orioles pulled the trigger on a deal to send him out of town.

Tejada will join the Houston Astros, with the Orioles getting five players in the swap. According to the Baltimore Sun, which broke the story:

In return for the four-time All-Star, the Orioles will get outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, and third baseman Michael Costanzo.

The Astros will assume the $26 million left on Tejada's contract.

I'd nearly forgotten that Tejada started his career as a member of the Oakland A's until I went back through the story. Look there for more complete breakdowns of

Also switching zip codes is Aaron Rowland, the big silver medal in the Torii Hunter sweepstakes with Hunter and Andruw Jones already in California. Rowland follows suit and signs with the Giants.

The San Francisco Chronicle has the story tagged "Slick-fielding outfielder signs with the Giants" while I would have opted for "Collision-prone outfielder signs with the Giants" but, whatever.

Rowland has reportedly signed a five-year contract with San Francisco, which means Rowland with be 35 when the deal is up. That's assuming he isn't failing neuro-psych exams like an aging quarterback by that point.

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