The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for second baseman Grant Green, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Callaspo was pulled from Tuesday's game in the fifth inning, causing many to speculate that he was on the move.
Callaspo, 30, has hit .253 with 5 HR and 36 RBI in 85 games as the Angels' third baseman on the season.
According to MLB.com's Jane Lee, he will play second base for the A's, a position that he last played in 2010. The eight-year major league veteran has spent time with the Diamondbacks (2006-2007), Royals (2008-2010) and Angels (2010-2013), and has posted a .273 career average with 42 HR and 293 RBI. He is under team control through next season.
Before dealing him to the Athletics, the Angels discussed Callaspo with the Yankees, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. New York is known to be looking for third base options on the trade market, and likely thought of Callaspo as a backup plan to other options such as Michael Young.
Callaspo is the second Angels' veteran to be dealt this week, joining Scott Downs, who was shipped to Atlanta on Monday. The Angels are known to be active sellers as the deadline approaches, and are likely to make more moves on Wednesday. MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that Erick Aybar is likely to stay with the Angels through the deadline, but Howie Kendrick could be on the move. The Cardinals were known to have interest in Aybar, and the Royals have checked in on Kendrick.
Green, 25, was the Athletics' first round pick in the 2009 draft and was ranked by Baseball America as the team's eighth best prospect before the season. He made his major league debut earlier this month, but is hitless in fifteen at-bats at the major league level. In 87 games with Triple-A Sacramento on the season, Green hit .325 with 11 HR and 50 RBI. He is not expected to be a spectacular offensive player at the major league level, but should be able to hold his own due to his above average defense at second base.
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