The Oakland Athletics have bolstered their middle infield, acquiring third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for top prospect Grant Green. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade.
While Callaspo played third for the Angels, he is expected to move over to second with the A’s, with Josh Donaldson manning the hot corner.
An eight-year veteran, Callaspo has spent the past four seasons with the Angels. This year, he is hitting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 85 games. Throughout his career, he has a .273 average in over 2700 at-bats.
The A’s have been interested in Callaspo for a while now, dating back to last season when Scott Sizemore tore his ACL. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that his price was too high back then.
Callaspo will likely platoon with Eric Sogard at second base, meaning Jed Lowrie will be the everyday shortstop from now on.
In exchange for Callaspo, the A’s shipped away Green, who had they just called up earlier this month. Green is hitting .325 with 11 homers and 50 RBI this season with Triple-A Sacramento. During his five-year minor league career, Green has a stealthy batting average of .305.
However, the prospect struggled mightily in the big leagues. He went 0-for-15 at the plate in five starts, and looked unsure of himself at second base, making several defensive mistakes.