HOUSTON --- Miguel Tejada got his wish -- albeit a couple of years later than he wanted.
Tejada was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Houston Astros for five players on Wednesday, giving the former AL MVP a fresh start on a team looking to boost its lineup.
The Orioles got outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, and third baseman Michael Costanzo for the four-time All-Star shortstop.
Two winters ago, Tejada caused a stir in Baltimore when he said was unhappy with the Orioles' direction and wanted to be traded. He later backed off that stance.
"I feel very happy with this trade, because it's something that I've been really looking forward to," Tejada told The Associated Press by telephone from Miami.
Tejada hit .296 with 18 home runs and 81 RBI this season.
In 11 seasons, he has hit .287 with 258 home runs and 1,033 RBI.
"This is a big day for us. We got a big bat to our lineup," Houston general manager Ed Wade said.
Earlier this month, the Astros finalized their $16.5 million, three-year contract with free agent second baseman Kaz Matsui.