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A’s acquire infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Angels

Jul 30, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the A’s have acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for second base prospect Grant Green.

Callaspo played third base for Anaheim but will take over as Oakland’s starting second baseman with Josh Donaldson currently manning the hot corner.

Green was the 13th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft and has posted a cool .325/.379/.500 batting line with 11 home runs and 50 RBI over 87 games this season at the Triple-A level. That’s a pretty big piece to unload for a guy like Callaspo, who has hit .252/.328/.356 since the start of 2012 and hasn’t appeared regularly at second base since 2009.

The Athletics are currently six games ahead of the Rangers in the American League West standings.

  1. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM


    Gotta love getting rid of mediocrity.

    • dannymac17 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Sounds like you need to do away with everyone but Weaver in that sense.

      • jarathen - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        Especially that Mike Trout fellow! That mediocre hack!

    • atmrover2013 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:48 AM

      I suspect the A’s decided that Grant Green did not fit into their long range plans. And Billy Beane, when interviewed briefly by Comcast’s Kate Longsworth, said they needed depth up the middle – and that Donaldson had been playing everyday; so, Callaspo can sub for Josh when he needs some rest. I have wondered if Jemile Weeks is going to be traded too – if not now, then later. The A’s don’t seem to talk much about Jemile and one gets the impression he has lost favor.

  2. hardballtalkusername - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Wow, I know Green is pretty bad defensively, but that seems like a pretty good prospect for a mediocre ML hitter.

  3. therealraider - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Trust me A’s fans are thrilled. Green was garbage when called up to the show.

    • hardballtalkusername - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      It’s usually a good idea to write off a prospect after 15 career ML at bats.

  4. artthoumad - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Wow, A’s gave up a lot for Callaspo. Off the top of my head, Jemile Weeks for Callaspo seems more even/makes more sense (mediocre for mediocre), but i guess the A’s were desperate.

  5. sharkie29 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    This cannot be.

  6. bronco58lb - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Grant Green is Brandon Wood II.

  7. adingoatemybaby - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Callaspo fits the A’s model. He can play multiple infield positions and bats on both sides of the plate. Really though I think this is about finding a reasonable backup for Donaldson in case he gets injured. Rosales has been ok but Callaspo is better on that corner.

    I’m not quite sure how to gauge Green. Ultimately he is a prospect that struggled when given a chance. He wasn’t going to help in 2013.

    • atmrover2013 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:52 AM

      This is the best post of the bunch, ading**. I think you hit the nail on the head! :) Billy Beane said just that in his brief interview with Comcast’s Kate Longworth: that Donaldson needed some backup, he’d been playing everyday, etc. Rosales usually plays good defense but man did he screw up a tailor made double play this last game, uggh. 😦

    • jarathen - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      Callaspo is also a very patient hitter who makes up for his mediocre contact with a good eye. He also plays pretty solid defense. He’s not an All-Star, but he is a useful piece.

      • scatterbrian - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Mediocre contact? He has the highest contact rate (92.6%) and lowest strikeout rate (6.5%) in the AL.

      • jarathen - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        I meant QUALITY of contact. For a guy with a great eye and a great skill for making the bat meet the ball, he sure has a low batting average.

  8. losanginsight - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    This officially puts Los Jalos in rebuild mode. Please drop the “Los Angeles” already.
    Always next year.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      As an Angels fan, I hope they drop the LA too.

      • moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:52 AM

        The LA moniker is a curse. Embrace Anaheim to win.

    • citizenking77 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      LA Angels baby! Wish you Disney shills would support your team and not limit yourselves to a city of 300,000 instead of our home metropolitan area of Los Angeles. curse of Mensa Mike Scioscia is more accurate.

  9. jkaflagg - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Looks like a steal for the Angels, except…..Billy Beane knows how to identify and develop talent, while the Angel organization does not… have to feel Beane was pretty sure Green won’t develop into anything special if he sends him to a team within the division for a utility infielder….

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      Angels have identified and developed some solid talent. Problem is, only a handful of them actually weren’t traded.

  10. bender4700 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    as an Angels fan

    Can’t decide if this is good or not. Lots of haters on Alberto, but he’s a good player, hard to judge any Angel player with the terrible bullpen and only 2 starting pitchers worth a darn.

    Young prospect can be good though with a big loss in Pujols.

    • bronco58lb - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Young prospect? Green turns 26 this September.

  11. dwaibel38 - Jul 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    They all can’t be 19…

  12. rmcd13 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Green does not have a defensive position. He doesn’t hit well enough for a corner and can’t field a middle infield spot. Green will probably be a bench player or second division starter for a few years.

    • geoknows - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Funny, that’s an apt description of Callaspo too. I know the A’s are going to play him at 2B, but they shouldn’t, because he’s horrible there. He’s a decent 3B, but also doesn’t hit well enough for that spot, and it’s Donaldson’s anyway.

      There’s always a method to Billy Beane’s madness though. Even though I can’t fathom why they wanted Callaspo, the Yankees had an interest in him too, for 3B. Perhaps Billy has something brewing on the trade front there, and he picked up Callaspo as a piece to include.

  13. andreweac - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    The name change has 0 to do with the decisions to trade for Wells & add the Albertross & Hamilton. Ownership deciding he knew baseball did.

    • jarathen - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      This is it right here. It all comes back to Arte armchair GM’ing.

  14. riverace19 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Love this trade for the A’s… Callaspo won’t make headlines but contributes and is versatile it’s trading 1.2 in the bush for a bird in hand

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