Angels Acquire Alberto Callaspo

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star is reporting (via Twitter) that infielder Alberto Callaspo has been dealt from the Royals to the Angels in exchange for right-hander Sean O'Sullivan and minor league left-hander Will Smith.

Callaspo has a modest .275/.308/.410 line in 373 plate appearances this season, though that still represents a big upgrade over the .411 OPS of Brandon Wood, who has seen most of the action for the Halos at third base.  Callaspo was originally signed by the Angels as a free agent in 2001, and spent four years in the club's system before being dealt to Arizona for Jason Bulger in 2006.  With Callaspo now in L.A., it potentially opens up a spot at third base for Mike Moustakas should the Royals want to give their top prospect a look over the last two months of the season.  Moustakas has an OPS of 1.067 in 326 plate appearances at Double-A and Triple-A this season.  

O'Sullivan, 22, has spent most of his year at Triple-A Salt Lake City, where he has posted a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts.  A third-round pick in the 2005 amateur draft, O'Sullivan was the Angels' organizational pitcher of the year in 2007 and has a 5.15 ERA in 17 career major league games (11 of them starts).

The Royals rejected a previous offer for Callaspo two days ago that consisted of O'Sullivan and "a fringe prospect," so presumably K.C. was more attracted to Smith, a seventh-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft.  Smith has a 4.24 ERA and a 3.47 K/BB ratio in 55 games (52 of them starts) in the Los Angeles minor league system, though his numbers have worsened this season as he's been elevated from high-A ball to Triple-A. 


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88 Comments on "Angels Acquire Alberto Callaspo"


East Coast Bias
5 years 1 month ago

Oh snap! The Fresh Prince just left Bell Air!

5 years 1 month ago

Texas adds Cliff Lee.
Angels add Alberto Collapso.

Seems even.

5 years 1 month ago

If you infer that this will be the only move… But when you assume you make and ass out of u and…. ooo wait just you.

Try waiting til after the deadline to make your judgements. Also don’t forget the angels schedule was much harder the Texas the first half. The roles switch here in the second half. Being 6 games back it is Texas’s to lose but if they cool off that lead will shrink fast. Why deplete the system when you still have a window of opportunity.

GeronimoJansen
5 years 1 month ago

Should have went with Jaden Smith… he’s a better long-term solution

5 years 1 month ago

Pretty sure the point was to not get a long term solution.

BattingThird_Number34
5 years 1 month ago

Terrible.

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

Not sure how Callapso is different than Aybar and Izturis. A little pop, a little speed, a little versatility. I wouldn’t be shocked to still see the Angels go grab someone like LaRoche.

5 years 1 month ago

At least now Brandon .185 OBP Wood can be put out to pasture.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

talk about busts. who would have figured.. I’d like to see the jays get wood, give him some time and a change of scenery

5 years 1 month ago

I’ll get wood if given time. Wait…. Errrr….. not the right place for stupid humor.

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

lol. im surprised and disapointed i didn’t go there myself

homerthehomie
5 years 1 month ago

u mean like edwin encarnacion and yunel escobar? are the blue jays like the rehab of baseball?

homerthehomie
5 years 1 month ago

u mean just like edwin encarnacion and yunel escobar? are the blue jays the rehab of baseball?

5 years 1 month ago

Jeez, how can anyone be THAT bad at hitting? He makes Jake Fox look like Mickey Mantle.

5 years 1 month ago

I have a higher OPS than Wood. ive never played baseball.

Callaspo has no speed at all

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

He has 3 SBs…that’s something, even when compared to Aybar (15 SB) and Izturis (4 SB). My point was that he does no one thing well…

5 years 1 month ago

Yea, but Izturis has been injured for a big part of the year so the 4 SB is a little off.

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

Touche’

5 years 1 month ago

He does 1 thing well, make contact.
He does walk, does play good defense, doesn’t run well, and doesn’t have much power. Well, the power comes and goes. He hit a lot of doubles last year and then started this season with a lot of pull power from the Left-side. All of that has gone away since May.

Kitfisto007
5 years 1 month ago

I think they are done with acquisitions with Callaspo.I think it will be a good fit, but I also think O’Sullivan will be good as well. He is young and affordable as a SP in KC.

5 years 1 month ago

Done? If that’s the extent of their buying, they don’t have a chance.

5 years 1 month ago

Wouldn’t say they don’t have a chance. After all, they’re competing with the Rangers. It’s not like being in the A.L. East. Historically, Texas tends to fold late in the year.

WasianCU
5 years 1 month ago

Hullo has said it; don’t bother playing anymore games now.

MB923
5 years 1 month ago

The Royals are now gettin jiggy with it.

OCSportsGeek
5 years 1 month ago

I’d have to say no, but I think “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na” might be more fitting

MB923
5 years 1 month ago

Welcome to Miami has been changed to Welcome to Kansas City, and now Here Come the Men In Blue.

OCSportsGeek
5 years 1 month ago

mediocrity defenders?

MB923
5 years 1 month ago

They won’t let you remember.

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

Many Royals fans would be grateful if they couldn’t remember the last 20+ years…

5 years 1 month ago

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

You’re right…I apologize. Being raised a Cubs fan, and occasionally rooting for the Royals (mostly b/c of the ’85 WS), I know all too well the pain of habitual ‘waiting for next year.’ I meant no true ill will…

formerdraftpick
5 years 1 month ago

Not a bad acquisition for the Angels considering they gave up very little. It’s going to take a bit more time for the Royals to shape these two pitchers.

Otis26
5 years 1 month ago

The Royals didn’t give up much either. Callaspo is an average player. He doesn’t play 2nd very well but is average at 3rd. He is a contact hitter with sporatic power who has hit every single home run of his career in the last season-and-a-half. If pitching is the currency of baseball this was a pretty decent move by the Royals imo.

Otis26
5 years 1 month ago

The Royals didn’t give up much either. Callaspo is an average player. He doesn’t play 2nd very well but is average at 3rd. He is a contact hitter with sporatic power who has hit every single home run of his career in the last season-and-a-half. If pitching is the currency of baseball this was a pretty decent move by the Royals imo.

Koby2
5 years 1 month ago

Moore sold a bit too low on Callaspo since he wasn’t hitting so well this season. Still, two young arms who have had some success is nice. Now I have to wonder who plays 3B on a daily basis since Gordon is playing LF in AAA. Please not Willie Bloomquist.

5 years 1 month ago

Enter Wilson Betemit.

Koby2
5 years 1 month ago

That’s who I was thinking too.

twentyfivemanroster
5 years 1 month ago

I would guess Wilson Betemit will man 3B the rest of the way.

kcalltheway
5 years 1 month ago

Betimit or Bloomquist will hold it for the rest of the season until Moose can get in there next year.

RoyalBlue
5 years 1 month ago

Ding Ding Ding… Bloomquist will be at 3B rest of the season unless they bring up Moustakas…

Koby2
5 years 1 month ago

Way too early for Moustakas, he’s just getting his feet wet in Omaha. Let’s not rush him like we did our last hot prospect 3B. I really hope The Spork gets traded for crap.

Tom R
5 years 1 month ago

What happens to Brandon Wood now?

Fanoftheangels
5 years 1 month ago

DFA?

moonraker45
5 years 1 month ago

why do i get the feeling that he wont fully hit his previous expectations until he leaves and joins another team?

Lets_Go_Red_Sox
5 years 1 month ago

This guy<<<<< is still surprised at just how bad Brandon wood sucks, so much talent

baconslayer09
5 years 1 month ago

Brandon Wood is the model AAAA player.

Callaspo’s eh. He used to kill the White Sox on a consistent basis. Glad he’s not on the Royals anymore.

Wilsonl
5 years 1 month ago

Didn’t Callaspo use to be a good prospect? What happened?

baconslayer09
5 years 1 month ago

He tanked in Arizona.

Had a good year in KC and is now back to mediocrity.

penpaper
5 years 1 month ago

I’m not sure how to feel about this move. dbeer23 said it best “he does no one thing well”. I guess this will mark the end of the Brandon Wood trial. A shame to say that but we can’t have him on the team if we want to make a run.

Anthony Emmerling
5 years 1 month ago

I think this is better than jamming a ton of top tier talent for Fielder or Dunn. I actually think that now that Arizona has made it open that Haren is available, the Angels will make a strong push at acquiring him. It has been made clear in the past that the Angels admire him and they would have the money to sign him to a long term deal. Not to mention they wouldnt need to worry about the transition to the AL because haren has played there before.

You cant plug one leak with the best glue available and leave the rest of the holes to leak….youll still have a problem. Your better off using some good glue and plugging multiple holes.

5 years 1 month ago

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/12/as-royals-had-failed-talks-for-callaspo.html

Really gotta wonder how much (assuming) worse a package they turned down for him back in December….Dayton Moore isnt known for making sound moves or trading when players are at their peaks. He probably turned down a much better package from Beane.

5 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t say that at all. If there is one thing I have learned as a Royals fan is never trade with Beane. If he wasn’t to part with the player, well, then they just aren’t any good.

bjsguess
5 years 1 month ago

I’m sick right now.

Look O’Sullivan and Smith are nothing more than organizational arms. That said, there is value in having those guys around.

Callapso is not an upgrade. With Izturis back I just don’t see how everyone is going to get AB’s. Frandsen isn’t a long term answer but he hasn’t been the problem either. Wood now has a full half-season of consistent starting under his belt. No way would I write him off yet.

I just don’t get it. If you are going to make a move that benches Wood and makes Izturis a super-utility then you have to go big. This is not a big move. I just don’t get it. Frankly I wouldn’t have traded O’Sullivan straight up for Alberto, let alone include Smith.

Anthony Emmerling
5 years 1 month ago

Assuming they hold on to Izturis or Frandsen, dont forget that Maicer is a free agent after the year is over. They could trade him for some relief pitching, a starter or even another bat should they find the need.

WasianCU
5 years 1 month ago

Maicer signed an extension last offseason and is under contract for another two seasons after this one.

Anthony Emmerling
5 years 1 month ago

You’re right, I was mistakenly thinking of his brother Cesar. Either way Maicer would be a very attractive piece. With Callaspo we may be able to afford parting with Izzy. I look at the addition of Callaspo as the Angels’ version of Texas getting Molina. Its just to seal a hole and improve on a position no just for this season but for multiple seasons. After this series with Texas is over I see the Angels making a large contention move should they still be within striking distance. If they are not I see them riding out what they have and shooting for next season.

Wrek305
5 years 1 month ago

Well Hot damn diggity Will Smith plays baseball now too.. for the Winter he gains 250lbs to play RT for the New Orleans Saints

MoCrash
5 years 1 month ago

The Royals got hosed. Callaspo is a solid hitter who is an adquate third baseman. He lacks speed, but is a good clutch hitter who would fit in well in the 6 or 7 hole. O’Sullivan and Smith don’t project as anything more than mediocre middle RPs; the Royals have better on their staff now.

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

I disagree…O’Sullivan was the Angels minor league P of the year in ’07. He’s not going to supplant Greinke as team ace, but I think he can be a very good #3 SP. Solid, not spectacular.

bannister19
5 years 1 month ago

It’s not a bad trade. Sullivan is 22, regarded as an Angels top prospect for years..

The reason why I would’ve liked to keep Callapso is because he can also play second and left. The return is solid though. He would’ve gotten a nice bump in salary next year as well.

The start of the fire-sale. People shouldn’t regard it as a Neal-Hungington like fire-sale though. Callapso is replaceable in every position.

We’ll see what we do about DeJesus. He’s not as replaceable, but he has some real value. If we can get O’Sullivan out of Callapso, we should be able to get a nice return from DeJesus.

Basically, if we trade Callapso, Farnsworth, Bloomquist, Chen, possible Davies, and Bannister, and Gullien (gone next year anyways), we’re going into next year in better shape than this year. Ideally, if we keep DeJesus, I assume next year will be Dayton’s mission at competition. Moustakas a 3B, Colon at SS, Aviles/Getz at 2B, Butler at 1B, Ka’aihue DH. Gordon, DeJesus, Maier/Free Agent/Parraz/Trade in the outfield..Greinke/Meche/Hochevar///Bannister-Davies-Crow-Duffy-Bullington-Free Agent in the outfield. The next two years will define Dayton Moore, as they should be the Moustakas-Crow-Hosmer-Duffy-Montgomery-Myers-Lamb years.

5 years 1 month ago

Moustakas will start the year in AAA, next season, and Hosmer may join him or still be in AA. The Royals are not going to rush these guys. KC is stacked with talent in the minors and it will all just get here when it get’s here. They are particularly loaded with top level LHSP prospects. We could easily have an all lefty rotation in 2 years if we wanted to. But of course you don’t do that, so that’s one of the reasons why O’Sullivan has value as a ML ready RHSP. That and the fact that he’s not a power pitcher, so he offers a contrast of style which is always good.
Wilson Betemit has been a steal of a pickup. Here’s a former cream of the crop prospect, who will get a chance to play everyday. It took him a long time to get it all figured out, but he like Callaspo is a switch hitter, who will be more productive as an RBI guy, while also playing a great 3B.
Lastly, the Royals will probably make another trade very quickly, because they have to make a roster move, and it’s likely to be a OF, either Podsednik, Guillen, DDJ, Ankiel, or Bloomquist. IMO, DDJ is untouchable. And just like this trade, the Royals really don’t have an organizational need, and are already loaded with pitching….A RH power hitting corner OF, is the one thing they lack.

bannister19
5 years 1 month ago

Yeah, I know the farm system. If Moustakas continues to dominate AAA like he’s been doing the last few days, there’s a pretty good chance he doesn’t start the year at AAA. Hosmer on the other hand is younger, and still developing, so he will start at AA or AAA.

Betemit is nothing special. Yuniesky, Bruce Chen, Bryan Bullington, and Phillip Humber, as well as many of the pickups we made in hops of restoring players, were all projected to be great. He’s been a steal of a pickup because of the numbers he’s put up so far, but please don’t get too excited about him. Just like no one should be getting too excited about Kyle Farnsworth, and how no one should’ve gotten too excited about Bruce Chen’s ERA lasting, or Jason Kendall hitting 300, or Yuniesky OPSing 720.

DeJesus isn’t untouchable at all. His value (hoping his injury isn’t too bad) is the highest it will probably ever get in his career. Dayton’s made some darn solid pickups since the year started (Ray Navarro, Texiera, and you can even count Edgar Osuna, and now O’Sullivan), DeJesus could fetch us a future piece. If we’re planning on doing a Wilson Betemit/Josh Fields platoon at 3B next year, it’s basically saying we’re not planning on getting very far, so trading DeJesus is the way to go for 2012 when there’s a pretty good chance Moustakas, Hosmer, Duffy, Colon, Crow will be up, and a possibility to have Montgomery, Lamb, Myers, and Dwyer up, and stuck in between could be Tyler Sample as well.

Personally, If Moustakas does what he did in AA in AAA, He’ll be here opening day next year, along with Kila Ka’aihue. If Colon keeps hitting Wilmington, there’s a chance he can make it on opening day as well.

Thankfully by opening day next year, Jeff Bianchi, Danny Duffy, and hopefully Aaron Crow can be on the track we were hoping they would during this past off-season.

5 years 1 month ago

Banny I think it also speaks to the depth we have in this org that Will Smith who is #15 BA prospect in a thin Angels system barely squeezes into the Wilmington rotation. He was scheduled to start for the Travs (Angels’ AA) tomorrow night.

Meanwhile we got Dwyer going Saturday night in one game of a twinbill. I feel like he’s kind of flying under the radar with all the talk about Lamb and Montgomery and Crow and what not, but this kid is real good.

Totally agree with everything you said on who should be dealt. Same thing we’re thinking down here, will be interesting to see who stays and who goes. Take care of our friends Woody and Lash up there!

bannister19
5 years 1 month ago

I follow every minor league game from Burlington A to Omaha, so Dwyer hasn’t been flying under any radar for me haha. The media doesn’t know much about the minors anyways.

What I find most ironic is earlier in the season when he was struggling in Wilmington, the Wilmington announcers themselves said he was overpaid and shouldn’t be in High A during one of the games.

I’m excited Ray Navarro is starting to hit, along with Christan Colon in Wilmington.
Danny Duffy today was great, hopefully he hits AA soon (Picollo had said he’d go straight from Arizona to NWA earlier..I guess he’s taking him slow)..Meche was solid last night..

jedietrich11
5 years 1 month ago

I think Moose will start in the majors next year. Dayton said that he wants his prospects will have a chance to compete for the ROY when they come up. Spending a couple of months in AAA won’t let him compete.

bannister19
5 years 1 month ago

Well somebody like Tommy Hanson came in June. Somebody like Chris Coghlan in May. If he makes it before July, he has a chance for ROY. Nevertheless, I think he’ll start the year in the majors to have a set 3B.

5 years 1 month ago

Dbreer23. I think ur right on the money and to complete a deal they should go get a first baseman that hits lefty

dbreer23
5 years 1 month ago

LaRoche would seem to be a likely fit. If the Giants weren’t feeling competitive this year, Huff would be another fit. Maybe they can get Branyan on the cheap.

5 years 1 month ago

Mark kotsay Adam laroche there r a few sick deals we. Can. Make