Ahead of tomorrow's Re-Entry Draft, the Timbers have traded the rights to David Horst to the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Houston's fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS Superdraft. That Houston made the trade, rather than waiting until tomorrow and hoping that Horst falls to them in the Re-Entry Draft, makes it look like they are keen to sign Horst up.
The trade leaves the Timbers with picks 17, 26, 36, 39, 71, and 73 in the Superdraft. This was a case of something for nothing as, even if the Timbers wanted to resign Horst for 2014 at a lower salary, every other team must be given the opportunity to pick him in the Re-Entry draft before the Timbers could select him.
It is only fitting that Horst, a player that would do anything for his, got the Timbers an extra draft pick even after having his option declined by the team.
The Timbers' press release:
TIMBERS ACQUIRE 2014 SUPERDRAFT PICK FROM HOUSTON IN EXCHANGE FOR RIGHTS TO DAVID HORST
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired a fourth-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for the rights to defender David Horst, it was announced today. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Horst, 28, played in 39 regular-season matches over three seasons in Portland, but missed most of the 2013 campaign due to injuries. Horst is a veteran of six MLS seasons with Real Salt Lake (2008-10) and Portland (2011-13), having played in 42 career MLS games.