It became official on Wednesday afternoon that the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim and Alberto Callaspo agreed to a two year deal worth $8.9M. Callaspo has spent the last two seasons full-time at third base with the club and has gotten the job done as a cheap option.
Surely no one is proclaiming Callaspo to be the next Brooks Robinson, but his awareness at the plate and ability to work deep into counts is necessary on any contending team. If in fact the Angels are going to be players in a difficult AL West someone will need to get on base for the sluggers that lurk in this Angels lineup–Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols will headline one of the scariest 3-4 punches in MLB history.
Early on in Callaspo’s career he spent time everywhere including 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF and even DH. Although he has proved versatility in the past don’t expect him to move from 3B as he hasn’t played away from the hot corner since 2010.
Slotted as the seventh hitter it will be Callaspo’s responsibility to anchor a lower third of a lineup that is surely to score plenty of runs in 2013.
As a switch-hitter Callaspo poses a dual threat at the plate and is historically better from the right side with a career .306 average, but he has clobbered 17 more home runs from the left side during his seven seasons at the MLB level.
Hopefully the Angels don’t look back and regret this move, however, given the vast amounts of money being thrown to Hamilton and Pujols, I find it hard-pressed to find more bang-for-your-buck than Callaspo.