Callaspo's value rises with trade to Angels

Updated: July 23, 2010, 1:01 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

I admit it took me a while to join the Alberto Callaspo bandwagon last season, but he ended up having a very nice, surprising year for the Kansas City Royals, hitting .300 and producing runs. For two months of this season, he was one of fantasy's better second basemen. Now that he's been traded to the Los Angeles Angels, I think it only enhances his value moving forward. Callaspo was dealt Thursday for pitcher Sean O'Sullivan and prospect Will Smith, and should become the team's regular third baseman immediately.

The Royals didn't seem to want Callaspo to play regularly back in the spring, forcing Chris Getz into the second-base job and implying Callaspo, arguably the team's second best hitter from 2009 (after Billy Butler), would be an infield reserve. That changed when Alex Gordon got hurt, and Callaspo, who is not a particularly capable defender anywhere on the field, became a regular again. Fantasy owners skeptical about his playing time had no excuses, and enjoyed his early production.

Owned in 53.5 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues, and down 4.9 percent over the past week, Callaspo isn't Robinson Cano. His .275 batting average is solid, but a tad disappointing. The eight home runs are nice, a mere three short of his 2009 total, but consider seven of the eight came by May 20. At the time, Callaspo was hitting .309 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs, making him a top-five second baseman (he's eligible at second base and third base). Since then, however, Callaspo has hit .244 with little production, and he doesn't make up the difference with stolen bases.