Coming to the Baltimore Orioles has brought new opportunity for me after an uncomfortable season with Houston.

I didn't have too good a year with the Astros in 2007. Last year was tough for me. The opportunity to play wasn't really there on a full-time basis, and I don't feel like I was ever comfortable or got into a good groove. The fans, the city and my teammates were great, but I just felt the club didn't want me.

Here with the Orioles, I feel like people are really pulling for me, and I enjoy that feeling. Even though I was just one of five players on our side of the deal, it still makes me feel really good that I was traded for a player like Miguel Tejada. That showed me that they really wanted me here in Baltimore. They gave up a great player. They wanted me, and now they are pulling for me to succeed. It's really refreshing.

My transition to Baltimore has been great. I'm very thankful to be here. There are good people here from top to bottom, and they're very honest -- they put things on the table and it's real refreshing. I guess it was the Lord's plan to send me here where I'm very happy.

It was the second time in my career that I was traded. I started in the minors with the Indians and was traded to the Astros. Cleveland was a real class organization and treated me well.

Our club also received some other talented players in the trade. Pitchers Dennis Sarfate and Matt Albers are up with us now. Dennis has a power arm -- he throws his fastball in the high 90s and works out of the bullpen. He also has a good breaking ball, and he goes right after hitters. Matt is very versatile. He can work as a starter or as a long reliever. He has a sinker and he throws strikes. He's done a good job for us this season.

Troy Patton is a lefty who's recovering from an injured shoulder right now. He has good stuff, good command and he hides the ball well.

Mike Costanzo is a young third baseman whom I saw a lot of in Spring Training. He had been acquired by Houston earlier in the offseason from Philadelphia. He hits the ball with power and he plays good all-around defense.

Luke Scott was acquired by the Orioles along with four other players from Houston in exchange for four-time All-Star shortstop Miguel Tejada last December. Last year, Scott set career highs in games played (132), hits (94), home runs (18) and RBIs (64).