Alberto Callaspo to Braves: Latest Contract Details, Reaction and Analysis

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2014

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The Atlanta Braves' busy offseason continued Tuesday as they reached an agreement to sign infielder Alberto Callaspo to an undisclosed deal.    

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed Jim Bowden of ESPN's initial report to MLB Network Radio:

The 31-year-old Callaspo is a nine-year MLB veteran who has spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics.

He is a versatile player who has filled in at every position except catcher, pitcher and center field at the MLB level. Most of his appearances have come at third base and second base. Robbie Rosenhaus of 92.9 The Game speculates that he will play the latter role in Atlanta:

Callaspo has hit .300 or better in a season twice, but he is coming off his worst MLB campaign after hitting just .223 with four home runs and 39 RBI in 127 games for the A's in 2014.

With that in mind, Matthew Pouliot of Rotoworld.com believes Callaspo will simply keep the seat warm for prospect Jose Peraza:

Whatever the case, Callaspo figures to be a useful player for the Braves due to his ability to contribute almost everywhere on the diamond.

He certainly won't be the key factor in terms of whether Atlanta returns to the postseason in 2015, but he could help the cause.

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