Jordan Schafer Arrested: Felony Marijuana Charges Will Make Astros Regret Trade

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:   Jordan Schafer #1 of  the Houston Astros bunts against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)
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Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer was arrested on felony possession of marijuana charges in Tampa Bay, Florida, an incident that will inevitably make the Astros regret trading for the promising center fielder.

Schafer was traded away from the Braves in a move that brought them Michael Bourn. While it was unclear who got the better end of the deal at the time, it's clear now that Atlanta came away with the better end of the deal.

This isn't Schafer's first encounter with drug issues, though his former run-in was with a drug of a different kind. He was suspended for 50 minor-league games for taking HGH in 2008.

A marijuana charge doesn't doom an athlete for all of eternity. In fact, Tim Lincecum's marijuana bust has been wildly celebrated in San Francisco, with many Giants fans launching a "Let Timmy Smoke" campaign that caught fire.

The fact of the matter is that Houston isn't San Francisco, Schafer isn't one of the best players in baseball and the Astros had to part ways with an established player like Bourn in order to obtain his services.

The risk isn't paying off thus far. While marijuana charges don't typically sound serious, the word felony is a huge red flag. Schafer has landed himself in hot water and at this point the Astros have to be kicking themselves for making the trade.

Schafer is still a promising talent and this doesn't cripple his career, but you have to think they are reevaluating the trade.

Schafer was released on $2,000 bond, according to He may not be behind bars, but his battle with this charge isn't over for him. As he goes into next season, he's got an uphill battle in proving that he is the player the Astros thought they were getting, both on and off the field.

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