The Los Angeles Angels again avoided arbitration with another one of their eligible players. The team and third-baseman Alberto Callaspo agreed to a two year deal worth $8.975 million. Callaspo was going to be a free agent after this season so the deal buys out his first year of free agency.
Callaspo hit .252 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 138 games last season. Callaspo was a utility guy, but has settled into third base over the past two seasons for the club. The deal is good for the club and Callaspo.First of all, Callaspo will be the starting third-baseman on the team for the next two years, which is obviously good for both sides. If Callaspo can continue to improve and raise his batting average a bit, he could line himself up for a nice deal after 2014.
For the Angels, it gives them more time to let Kaleb Cowart develop. Even though he got invited to big league camp, he’s 20 years old and played in high A ball for a half season last year. He’s not ready this year, and probably won’t be ready next year, but he could be at the hot corner opening day 2015.
This is why the team didn’t try to make a move for a third baseman. This is their plan for the next couple of years. Callaspo for the next two and then give Cowart a shot and see what he has. This deal gives Cowart more time to develop so that when he’s called upon he’ll be ready in 2015.