Grading Los Angeles Angels-Oakland A's Trade Sending Alberto Callaspo to Oakland

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Grading Los Angeles Angels-Oakland A's Trade Sending Alberto Callaspo to Oakland

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez confirms, on the eve of the 2013 non-waiver trade deadline, that the Los Angeles Angels will send infielder Alberto Callaspo to the Oakland Athletics for prospect Grant Green.

It will take years to evaluate this exchange fully, but from what we know of these teams' needs, finances and recent performances, there's plenty to grade them on now.

The A's entered Tuesday night atop the AL West standings at 63-43. They're obviously the buyers in this transaction.

The 30-year-old Callaspo is in his eighth major league season, and he's been an everyday player since 2009. Los Angeles acquired him midway through the 2010 campaign and has used him regularly at third base.

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Eric Sogard

The A's, meanwhile, feel extremely comfortable with Josh Donaldson at the hot corner. They'll instead relocate their new switch-hitter to second base, MLB.com's Jane Lee tweets. He has started 201 MLB games at the position.

Even more than his defensive versatility, Oakland will value his hitting skills.

The team's second basemen—mostly Eric Sogard—have combined for an underwhelming .254/.320/.340 batting line, launching only two home runs.

Now check out Callaspo's production over the past four seasons:

Year Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2010 27 146 601 61 149 27 2 10 56 5 31 42 .265 .302 .374 .675 85
2011 28 141 536 54 137 23 0 6 46 8 58 48 .288 .366 .375 .740 112
2012 29 138 520 55 115 20 0 10 53 4 56 59 .252 .331 .361 .692 97
2013 30 85 334 32 74 13 0 5 36 0 33 22 .253 .323 .348 .671 91
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table.
Generated 7/30/2013.

One thing that jumps out is the strikeout-to-walk ratio, especially this year. That's Dustin Pedroia-esque!

Callaspo has performed only slightly better than Sogard, but he represents an upgrade, nonetheless. The year-to-year consistency bodes well for Oakland's future.

After earning a $4.1 million salary in 2013, Callaspo will get a raise to $4.875 million the next season before reaching free agency. Good investment if he's healthy and worth 2.5-3.0 WAR between now and the expiration of the deal.

Oakland's grade: B+

 

The Halos didn't get any pitching! They were supposed to get pitching!

This season has gone awry for L.A. due to a lack of starting rotation depth and bullpen stability. Presumably, the front office will address those weaknesses in the coming hours or during the winter.

Green is an impact bat without a set position. The 25-year-old has tried second base this year, but he also gained considerable minor league experience at shortstop and in the outfield.

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Questionable plate discipline doomed him in a brief MLB stint earlier this month. Green went hitless in 15 at-bats, whiffing six times and averaging only 3.63 pitches per plate appearance (league average is 3.83).

However, his gaudy numbers on the farm cannot be ignored. He owns a .879 OPS at Triple-A in 2013 and possesses the athleticism to pick up occasional stolen bases. With a line-drive swing and acceptable strikeout rate, Green looks destined to stick on active rosters for years to come.

Although he's much less expensive than Callaspo, he might never become as valuable overall.

L.A.'s grade: C+

 

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