posted on Jun, 24 2004 @ 09:23 PM
the first big trade of the season...oakland gets the closer they have been looking for, kc get some prospects and houston gets Beltran
Beltran traded to Houston
By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer
June 24, 2004
Star center fielder Carlos Beltran was traded from Kansas City to the Houston Astros on Thursday night as part of a three-way deal that also sent
reliever Octavio Dotel to Oakland.
The Royals wound up with three prospects: highly touted third baseman Mark Teahen and right-hander Mike Wood from Oakland, and catcher Joe Buck from
``This is obviously huge for our organization,'' Astros general manager Gerry Hunsicker said. ``Carlos Beltran is one of the most exciting, complete
players in our game today.''
``He's the prototype we've been looking for for a long time. He's going to be a very exciting force for us in the middle of our lineup,'' he said.
The A's also got cash from Kansas City, an amount under $1 million.
The 27-year-old Beltran, the biggest prize on the trade market, can become a free agent after the season. He is represented by Scott Boras, who
usually does not have his players re-sign before testing the free-agent market.
The multitalented Beltran is hitting .278 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs and 14 steals.
Dotel, 30, is 0-4 with a 3.12 ERA and 14 saves in 17 chances in his first year as a closer following the trade of Billy Wagner to Philadelphia in the