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Braves working to trade Alberto Callaspo

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The infielder appears to be heading out of Atlanta in the near future.

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UPDATE (5/26): The Dodgers appear to be the team working on a deal for Callaspo, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.comRosenthal notes that the teams are working on a six-player deal centered around Callaspo and Juan Uribe that would also likely send pitching depth to the Dodgers. For the latest, be sure to read our most recent piece on the deal.

ORIGINAL (5/25): The Braves are working on a trade involving infielder Alberto Callaspo, manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com's Mark Bowman on Monday evening. Callaspo was suspiciously scratched from the team's lineup on Monday, leading to speculation that he could be on his way out of Atlanta. For his part, Callaspo told reporters that he is aware of the trade rumors and expects something to happen on Tuesday.

Bowman adds that while the team would prefer to trade Callaspo and appears to have interested suitors, they may also simply designate the 32-year old for assignment later in the week. Starting third baseman Chris Johnson will return from the disabled list later in the week with Pedro Ciriaco serving as the likely backup option, making Callaspo expendable for the Braves.

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Callaspo, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Atlanta last December, has played both third base and second base for the team, hitting just .206/.293/.252 with one home run in 37 games in his tenth major-league season.

He is a lifetime .265/.328/.366 hitter with 52 home runs in 1,033 career games with the Diamondbacks (2006-2007), Royals (2008-2010), Angels (2010-2013), Athletics (2013-2014) and Braves (2015).

Though it is currently unknown which teams are interested in acquiring Callaspo, many teams around the league would likely be willing to add veteran depth to their infield mix. Among the potential suitors are the Mets (who are using Eric Campbell at third base while David Wright deals with back issues) and Brewers (who have dealt with struggles all season at second base from both Scooter Gennett and Hector Gomez).