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Callaspo? Not Exactly Fielder Or Dunn, Is It?

Is that all there is?

You can’t help but ask that once you’ve heard the news that the Angels have acquired Kansas City’s Alberto Callaspo for pitchers Sean O’Sullivan and Will Smith.

Then again, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. A couple of days ago, I blogged that the team would definitely make a deal but it wouldn’t be for anyone who would get Angels fans excited.

Well, tell me you know anybody who is thrilled about acquiring Callaspo.

Adam Dunn or Prince Fielder, this guy isn’t. What he is, actually, is a typical Mike Scioscia kind of player. You know, relatively small, good contact hitter with not much power, but a solid fielder and a guy who’s decent on the bases.

In fact, Callaspo and Maicer Izturis are practically the same player, which leads to an interesting question. Where are they both going to play?

Third base is where each plies his trade. Does this mean the less than durable Izturis goes back to being the utility guy? And are we now to presume that Callaspo, at 27, is suddenly the Angels’ third baseman of the future?

Let’s just say the power-laden Texas Rangers aren’t exactly shaking in their spikes at the news.

Oh, Callaspo will fit fine on this team. He came up with the Angels. In fact, at one time, he was a middle infielder and he and Erick Aybar were described as the double play combination that would play for the next decade in Anaheim.

Somebody in the organization soured on him at some point. But now they’re bringing him back.

Is he better than having Triple-A players in the lineup? Unquestionably. He did hit .300 a year ago, although that included just 11 home runs in 576 at-bats. This year, he’s averaging .275 with 8 homers and 43 RBIs in 349 at-bats. Those are OK numbers, but nothing to make you rush out and trade for him on your fantasy team.

More important, if Callaspo is the future at third base, this team will still be struggling power-wise, even when Kendry Morales comes back at first.

If Arte Moreno finally opens his wallet again and signs free agent left fielder Carl Crawford this winter, then it is a different story. With Crawford, Morales, Torii Hunter et. al, you can live with a Callaspo at third base.

But if, as he seems inclined of late, Moreno cowers when the Yankees and Red Sox join the spending party, then . . .well, it is difficult to understand today’s move.

Alberto Callaspo isn’t a bad ballplayer. He is just not a game-changer.

Seems nowadays, those types all end up on other teams.

— Steve Bisheff


3 Responses to “Callaspo? Not Exactly Fielder Or Dunn, Is It?”

  1. As usual you hit the nail on the head. I’m not over enthused with the trade, but at least they did SOMETHING! That’s out of the norm. Thanks again, Steve.

  2. You are right on the money Steve. The Angels need a game changer. Not sure why Arte Moreno doesn’t give GM Tony Reagins the green light to make something exciting and positive happen for the team.

  3. This deal is a cruel joke on Angel fans. Steve didn’t mention who the person in the organization was who first gave up on this guy but someone made the decision to get rid of him. Old deep pockets Arte has again failed the fans and Reagins belongs on the old Ted Mack show. This type of player is a dime a dozen. How good can he be if he is already working cheap and the ROYALS are letting him go.

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