I don't know a thing about those guys -- I'm sure Keith Law or someone will soon have a breakdown of the talent heading to Baltimore that is better than anything I can piece together at the moment -- but I have to wonder why the Astros are interested in a shortstop over 30 with declining range and declining power. Sure, their cupboard is pretty bare and Tejada will be some kind of an improvement, but Houston should be in tear-down mode, and I can't imagine that Tejada will be around the next time they contend. The same is true for Baltimore, of course. We'll see what the haul looks like soon, but losing Tejada and his salary is something a team in the Orioles' place in the success cycle needs to be thinking about, so good for them for doing the right thing.
In the meantime, allow me to openly and baselessly speculate that the Orioles unloaded him today because they were tipped off that Tejada is about to make his world premiere in the Mitchell report, and Angelos doesn't want any part of it.
C'mon, 'tis the season, and you were thinking it too.
UPDATE: MLB Trade Rumors opines that the Astros got fleeced:
That's a fine haul for Baltimore. The Astros pretty much cleaned out their farm system for two years of an average-hitting third baseman. The average NL 3B had an .804 OPS in '07; Tejada was at .799 in the AL. I know some readers think I'm an Astro-hater but that's not the case. I just think they gave up way too much here. Patton was ranked their third best prospect by Baseball America, Costanzo sixth. Scott is a cheap quality regular, and Albers was third on the team's 2007 top prospect list.
If those assessments are correct, Ed Wade ought to be crucified.