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Alberto Callaspo, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 11, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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Alberto Callaspo is eligible for arbitration this season for the first time, but he’s avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Angels.

Callaspo, who earned $460,000 last season, gets a hefty raise to $2 million despite hitting just .265/.302/.374 in 146 games last year.

Acquired from the Royals in July for Sean O’Sullivan and Will Smith, Callaspo is expected to compete for the Angels’ starting job at third base with Maicer Izturis and is likely bound for utility man status.

  1. Detroit Michael - Jan 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Here’s a possible re-write for the second sentence:

    The Angels chose to pay Callaspo just $460,000 last season when they were completely shielded from paying competitive competitive due to major league baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. Now that Callaspo has enough service to be able to have an arbitrator determine his salary, the Angels are paying him $2 million, although that is still a hefty discount below what Callaspo likely would earn if he was free to move to another baseball club. Callaspo batted .265/.302/.374 in 146 games last year.

    We’re going to have plenty of these stories, Aaron. There’s no need to report the salary info with a management slant every time, so let’s not start that habit.

  2. mrfloydpink - Jan 11, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    I’m as lefty as they come. Nonetheless, I must point out:

    1. The Angels inherited Callaspo’s salary, they did not “choose” anything. Unless you expect them to just give him free money to be nice or something.

    2. Free agency, arbitration, etc. were collectively bargained. In other words, the players’ union was a part of building the current system.

    3. Marvin Miller (perhaps you’ve heard of him) argued, persuasively I think, that restricting player movement works in the players’ favor by keeping the supply of available talent limited. The players should hardly be complaining, then, and neither should you. Certainly, framing it as some sort of exploitation is preposterous.

    I guess what I am saying is that we’re going to have plenty of these stories, Michael. There’s no need to get preachy and judgmental every time, so let’s not start that habit.

  3. Detroit Michael - Jan 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    I’m not complaining about the system, which was collectively bargained.

    I’m complaining about routinely offering write-ups (not specifically by Aaron Gleeman but throughout the media) that rave about hefty increases for players eligible for arbitration as if they are preposterous. Showing the same facts with a pro-player slant, as I did, shows how silly the slant is. I would much prefer that the story be offered with neither a pro-management nor pro-player slant.

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