It’s official: the Los Angeles Angels are sellers. Third basemen Alberto Callaspo has been sent to the Oakland Athletics for prospect second basemen Grant Green. Callaspo started tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington going 0 for 1 with a walk. But in the fifth inning he was pulled and replaced by Thomas Field at third.
Callaspo is hitting .253/.323/.348 with five homers this year. He signed a two-year deal this off-season with the Angels and will be owed $4.875 million in 2014. According to LA Times writer Mike DiGiovanna via Twitter, there is no cash involved so the A’s will take on the rest of Callaspo’s full contract.
In return the Angels get former first-round pick, second-base prospect Grant Green from the Oakland A’s. The 25- year old, 6′ 3″ 180 lbs USC alumni has unusual power for a middle infielder knocking 20 home runs in double A and 11 so far this year in the PCL.
Green’s defense is an average defender who has played all over the field from center to second. Through the minors, Green’s biggest concern was his K-rate. However, so far this year Green has cut his strikeouts down dramatically. Something Green will hope to continue as he hits the majors.
The trade for a second basemen also may be a preemptive move before possibly trading Howie Kendrick who has been in the rumor mill in the past day or so. The Angels could also move Green back over to third, a position he’s played a bit in the minors.