Angels, Callaspo Avoid Arbitration

The Angels agreed to a one-year contract with Alberto Callaspo, avoiding arbitration, according to the team. The sides agreed to a $2MM deal, according to the AP (via the Miami Herald). The 27-year-old was arbitration eligible for the first time.

In 601 total plate appearances last year, Callaspo hit .265/.302/.374. He walks nearly as often as he strikes out (31BB, 42K) and can play second, third and, on occasion, the outfield.

As MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows, the Angels still have a full slate of arbitration eligible players: Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis, Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli, Jered Weaver and Reggie Willits.


45 Responses to Angels, Callaspo Avoid Arbitration Leave a Reply

  1. Since_77 4 years ago

    Jered Weaver is going to get paid. Right now he is $4.25 million, he’ll make at least the same as Greinke and King Fleix $7.5 million.

    • j6takish 4 years ago

      I always thought of Justin Verlander being the most comparable pitcher to Weaver

      • Since_77 4 years ago

        You may be correct. In that case more money for Weaver.
        Justin Verlander 5 years 79.5 million dollars.

        • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

          I’d sign that deal in a heartbeat if I were the Angels.

  2. SoCalAngelsFan75 4 years ago

    With the exception of Weaver, all these guys should get pay cuts not raises.

  3. SoCalAngelsFan75 4 years ago

    With the exception of Weaver, all these guys should get pay cuts not raises.

    • PushDown 4 years ago

      if all of em id, that would be a sweeet bargain cuz they all had down years, and players like aybar and callaspo can only improve

    • PushDown 4 years ago

      if all of em id, that would be a sweeet bargain cuz they all had down years, and players like aybar and callaspo can only improve

  4. why would Napoli deserve a paycut?

    • firstavenger 4 years ago

      i dont think he deserves a payCUT, but he doesnt hit for enough average to be valuable in the middle of the lineup, is too slow on the bases, and isn’t good enough defensively to warrant an everyday start. if some other team finds value in his 20 homers, i say let them have him.

      • He’s a streaky hitter, I’ll give you that. But that’s because he gets benched when he heats up. His performance at first base last season is reason enough for a decent raise.

        • firstavenger 4 years ago

          i read recently that scoscia was having him work on his defense this offseason. hopefully it gets good enough to warrant an everyday start… id love to see what he can do with the full starting job… also would love to see conger play more.

    • firstavenger 4 years ago

      i dont think he deserves a payCUT, but he doesnt hit for enough average to be valuable in the middle of the lineup, is too slow on the bases, and isn’t good enough defensively to warrant an everyday start. if some other team finds value in his 20 homers, i say let them have him.

  5. why would Napoli deserve a paycut?

  6. Whew, glad they got him inked!!! I knew that is why they weren’t trying to hard for Beltre, they wanted to make sure they could make a big splash in January locking in Callaspo! Way to go Angels!!! The off season is almost a success, just hammer out a big deal for Mathis and we’re set!

  7. Whew, glad they got him inked!!! I knew that is why they weren’t trying to hard for Beltre, they wanted to make sure they could make a big splash in January locking in Callaspo! Way to go Angels!!! The off season is almost a success, just hammer out a big deal for Mathis and we’re set!

  8. PushDown 4 years ago

    yessss sweet deal if callaspo can regain his hitting touch before he got to the angels.Remember, he came mid-season, and a pretty good chunk of his games were basically pointless because the Angels were already out of contention. Here’s hoping Callaspo, with a full year under him, finds his .285 – .300 stroke again.

  9. PushDown 4 years ago

    and hopefully we ink morales and weav to long-term deals

    • SoCalAngelsFan75 4 years ago

      Reagins would love to but since they’re both Boras clients then I can’t see it happening. He tends to have his clients test the market and who can blame him with this offseason’s blockbuster deals. Anyone think Weaver might give the Angels a hometown discount since he’s a So Cal native?

      • PushDown 4 years ago

        Yeah that’s what i figured, a fan can wish though. And i really want to believe in players giving hometown discounts, but consecutive years of Texeira and Crawford spurning us even after saying they liked Anaheim, it’s hard for an Angels fan to truly trust that.

        • cookmeister 4 years ago

          i think the extra $20 and almost $40 million respectively that those guys got eased their thoughts about Anaheim

    • ryankrol 4 years ago

      Trade them both and get a ton of talent in return to fill in holes and/or use as trade bait to get another franchise player they can lock up long term.

  10. C’mon, there was no reason not to extend him por 2011. No way, though, he deserves more than 1.25M. Ok, in order to avoid arbitration we could ink 1.4M, since there’ll be (for sure) some pain in the ass with other cases (weaver/Napoli), and those 150k wouldn’t hurt. But 650k does hurt a lot!

  11. tbell11 4 years ago

    I think the Angels should sign Weaver and Morales soon before there the last to sign of the remaining arbitration players. They’re going to demand more money, which they deserve, but Boras will have them test free agency and have the Angels potentially lose out on them. If the Angels don’t sign Weaver and Morales, there going to be worst than Seattle.

    • ryankrol 4 years ago

      This is exactly why the Angels should trade one of both of them in their walk years. Weaver’s is 2012, K-Mo is 2013. Can you imagine how much the Halos would get in return?

  12. ryankrol 4 years ago

    The Angels got Hunter when he could have gotten more from the Yankees, who probably needed him as well.

    Texeira made it clear he wanted to play for the Yankees, and probably would have turned down bigger offers to wear pinstripes, which will exaggerate his Hall of Fame chances.

    Lee could have gotten a heck of a lot more, but he likes Philly.

    Crawford told his agent he wanted Boston regardless of the Angels’ intentions to match the Sox’s offer.

    Beltre doesn’t know where he wants to play, because he doesn’t exactly know who want to really sign him, and for good reason; he went straight for the money.

    If a really likes playing in Anaheim, he will sign with Anaheim.

    • ya right ur wayyy wrong kid…. beltre wanted to play in a hitters park thats y he didnt go to the a’s

      crawford went for the money

      tex went for the money if u dont remember he was realy close to signing with the red sox

      get ur facts right then start talking

      • ryankrol 4 years ago

        I did get my facts straight. You might want to get that straight first before you start talking about other people getting their facts straight.

  13. ryankrol 4 years ago

    Isn’t this a little steep for Callaspo?

  14. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 4 years ago

    Angels can at least get excited that they signed one of their own guys lol, sucks
    to have to watch the exact same loosing team this year

    • Won’t be the exact same “loosing team” [sic], they’ll be getting morales back, and they added a couple of above average lefties in the bullpen. So not exactly the same losing team, just a bit different, and the off-season is not over yet.

  15. BurtisHB 4 years ago

    This is HUGE! Callaspo is the big name free agent we Angels fans were… No wait, he was the best 3rd baseman avail… No wait, he’s the big impact bat we.. No wait…

    WTH?! This is “spending whatever it takes”??? Sell the team back to Disney, atleast they gave us cheerleaders.

    • cookmeister 4 years ago

      calm down. it’s not like this is a free agent signing. he was arb eligible, so they made a deal before going to arb. Not like they were choosing whether to let some other team bid on him or not.

  16. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    It seems like every off season now one or two of the big market teams are used in a game of free agent musical chairs. Somehow the Angels were the ones left standing this winter. I’m surprised. Anaheim seems like a great place to play.

    Angel fans are going to love Mike Trout. I watched him play 1/2 a season in 2010. He’s electric. I’ve heard the Mantle comparisons….but that’s just crazy. He’s going to be Andy Van Slyke though.

  17. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    It seems like every off season now one or two of the big market teams are used in a game of free agent musical chairs. Somehow the Angels were the ones left standing this winter. I’m surprised. Anaheim seems like a great place to play.

    Angel fans are going to love Mike Trout. I watched him play 1/2 a season in 2010. He’s electric. I’ve heard the Mantle comparisons….but that’s just crazy. He’s going to be Andy Van Slyke though.

  18. JFAAKATIM 4 years ago

    I better have a good Fantasy team this year. Its gonna be a long summer..

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