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Angels get Alberto Callaspo from Royals for two pitchers

Jul 22, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Angels have acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for righty Sean O'Sullivan and minor league left-hander Will Smith...

From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Angels have acquired third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for righty Sean O’Sullivan and minor league left-hander Will Smith.

The Angels opened the season with Brandon Wood at third base and had high hopes for the 25-year-old, but he’s hit just .168/.185/.225 in 173 at-bats and the Halos have struggled to find an answer at the position. 

As a whole, actually, third basemen in Anaheim have posted a combined batting average of .214 this season.  That’s the worst combined batting average at any position, on any team, in the majors.

The 27-year-old Callaspo is a pretty solid defender and has batted .275/.308/.410 with eight homers and 43 RBI in 349 at-bats for the Royals.  The Angels will hope that he can help the club climb closer to the Rangers, who currently hold a five-game lead in the American League West.

Of course, they had to unload some rather serious talent in the three-player swap.  Smith is a fast-rising left-hander and has worked his way to Triple-A at the age of 21.  O’Sullivan, 22, has enjoyed early success in the major leagues, most recently holding the Yankees to two hits over six innings Tuesday in a 10-2 victory.  He’s likely to step right into the Kansas City starting rotation.

  1. Proudly Canadian - Jul 22, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    So which expert predicted this trade? To the best of my knowledge, nobody saw it coming. Most trade speculation that is in print is just garbage.
    O’Sullivan looked good in his last start. Looks like a win win trade to me.

  2. Sidd Finch - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Mark Saxon had it on Tuesday. Only 2 of the 3 players though. Garbage!

  3. JBerardi - Jul 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Yeah, but both those wins are for the Royals. The Angels aren’t going anywhere this year, Callaspo or no.

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