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Angels finalize two-year contract with Alberto Callaspo

Feb 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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Alberto Callaspo and the Angels were said to be “close” to a two-year deal three weeks ago and Ken Rosenthal of reports that the two sides finally made it official today.

Callaspo will get $8.975 million to buy out his final season of arbitration eligibility and first year of free agency.

He made $3.15 million last season while hitting .252 with 10 homers and a .692 OPS in 138 games, but has hit .287 with a .743 OPS during the previous three seasons and is slated to be the Angels’ starting third baseman this year.

  1. echech88 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    He’s boring but given how thin 3B is across the league, a smart deal for the Angels while they wait for their top prospect.

  2. jtpercell - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Boo! The only thing Callaspo can hit is his wife.

  3. papacrick - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Not good for a contending team maybe the Royals though. Other teams have guys named Beltre and Cabrera

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      And Youk!

    • jarathen - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Other teams also have other positions. Tons of them. And it turns out they all have to field someone at those positions.

  4. halohonk - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Played a solid 3rd base especially 2nd half of the year. Switch hitter and he hit a couple game winner hrs late in the year. Angels are set. Best team in baseball. Lets play ball!

  5. andreweac - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Angels have a prospect in their system?

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Kaleb Cowart. He was the Halos’ first round draft pick in 2010 and is a former HS Player of the Year. He was ranked in Keith Law’s Top 25 Prospects. He’s pretty much the only one left though.

      • jarathen - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        The Angels also have CJ Crohn, an all-bat guy who should be a Major League regular someday, but yeah, It’s pretty much Cowart and some dice-rolling pitching guys.

  6. jarathen - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Callaspo provides solid defense and can play multiple positions if Cowart starts to push next year. Beyond that, he’s reasonably patient and consistent at a position that is egregiously thin at the Majors League level.

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