Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Alberto Callaspo agrees with Angels
By Mark Saxon
The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they have agreed to terms with infielder Alberto Callaspo on a $2 million, one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Callaspo is one of eight arbitration-eligible Angels this offseason.
The Angels' expected 2011 payroll will exceed $130 million even without any big-splash free-agent signings this winter.
The team still has to agree to terms with ace Jered Weaver as well as sluggers Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli, among others, if it is to avoid any arbitration hearings next month.
Callaspo, Maicer Izturis and Brandon Wood are expected to compete for time at third base next season. Callaspo batted .249 with two home runs and 13 RBIs after the July trade that brought him from over from Kansas City. The 27-year-old third baseman was acquired exchange for pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Will Smith. Callaspo played at every level in the Angels' minor league system from 2001-05 after he was signed in 2001 as a non-drafted free agent.
Angels third basemen had the lowest OPS (on-base plus slugging percentages) in the major leagues last season.
Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.