Tag:Alberto Callaspo
Posted on: May 4, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Who could Giants go after for shortstop?

Reyes

By Evan Brunell

The Giants' shortstop crisis has taken another turn toward utter disaster.

With the injuries to Mark DeRosa and Pablo Sandoval, S.F. has thankfully moved a slumping Miguel Tejada to third base, which improves the defense at shortstop even if his bat remains a complete zero. In lieu of Tejada, Mike Fontenot has stepped into the breach, but Fontenot remains a bench infielder with 20 career games experience at short -- seven this year.

Even when DeRosa and Sandoval return, allowing Tejada to slide back to short, the Giants need to find a better replacement, which will have to come via trade. But who?

Jose Reyes: The Mets' Reyes has been a popular link given the shortstop's perceived availability. An impending free agent, Reyes is showing how he can impact a game when healthy, but can the Giants afford both what it would cost in a deal for Reyes, plus what it will cost to retain him? CSNBayArea.com reports that while Reyes' name has been kicked around internally, that's as far as it's gotten so far. Helping matters is that the Mets wouldn't ask for any of the Giants' current starting pitchers, which has constantly eroded trade talks elsewhere. New York would focus on San Francisco's better prospects, like pitcher Zack Wheeler, outfielder Gary Brown or shortstop Ehire Adrianza. 

Problem: The Giants already have a franchise-record payroll in the $120 million range, and Reyes' pro-rated $11 million salary would have to be absorbed with no guarantee of retention after the year. And retention could be a problem, as reports surface that Reyes will ask for a deal similar to Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million pact. Without Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand on the team, maybe S.F. could foot the bill, but a deal of that magnitude is likely not feasible. Compounding matters is that GM Brian Sabean will not trade top prospects for a "loaner," as CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reports. Makes sense, and is the right idea.

ESPN's Buster Olney counters this, saying Reyes could be convinced to stay with a solid multi-year offer. If Reyes agrees to a deal that pays him $15 million, the Giants could find the funds for 2012 by the expiring deals of Tejada, De Rosa and Cody Ross. The team could then start Brandon Belt in right or left-field, with Pat Burrell returning for another year in the outfield or a similar low-cost solution found. Both Aaron Rowand and Aubrey Huff's deals expire after 2012, which would then really free up cash for San Fran, so it's still entirely possible the Giants go after Reyes. Still, it's a big enough stretch financially and what type of talent would have to be surrendered that one has to question if it's the right call.

Marco Scutaro: That could cause the Giants to explore alternatives, and Scutaro is one known to have come up in Giants circles. Scoot is making just $5 million on the year and the Giants would hold a $6 million club option if it wished to keep the infielder around another year. With Jed Lowrie's emergence in Boston, Scutaro is certainly available despite his ability to function as utility infielder. The Red Sox have depth down in Triple-A for that role, so if they can find a fit, would not hesitate to move their 2010 starting shortstop.

The Red Sox wouldn't require a top prospect in return for Scutaro, so a fit could be easier reached. The Red Sox could pursue bullpen options or settle for acquiring a blue-chip prospect. This is the most likely outcome: Scutaro fits the Giants' budget, holds potential 2012 value and has a motivated seller.

Maicer Izturis / Erick Aybar / Alberto Callaspo: The Angels love their infield depth, and it's been a major help so far. Still, if and when Kendrys Morales returns to first base, someone has to hit the bench. That won't be Howie Kendrick, who is currently batting No. 3 in the order and in the process of breaking out. That leaves one of the three mentioned as bench candidates. At that point, the Giants would be interested in one of the three. Aybar is the one whose job appears most secure, although he's the worst hitter to date. Callaspo is in the midst of a hot streak but is falling back to earth and has only 32 games played at short in his career. That leaves Izturis, who is in the middle of his own hot streak and the one who has consistently been the bench player of the group, although it could be Callaspo this season.

But a fit is less clear. The club can't justify asking for one of San Francisco's best starting pitchers and there's no obvious fit on offense. It's tough to imagine the Angels agreeing to trade for a prospect to sacrifice that quality infield depth.

Jack Wilson / Brendan Ryan: When the Mariners finally promote Dustin Ackley to man second, it will relegate a good fielding, no-hit shortstop to the bench. Take your pick in Jack Wilson or Brendan Ryan. Either can easily go, and Seattle wouldn't put up too much of a fuss in the return price. While Marco Scutaro would represent the best investment both from a financial and production perspective, acquiring one of Wilson or Ryan remains the most likely outcome simply because the price would be lower for one of the two. Plus we need the humor of the sad-sack Pirates' double-play combo in Wilson and Sanchez being reunited on the World Series-defending club.

There are other options too, but they're hardly anything to get excited about. Ronny Cedeno, Cesar Izturis, Angel Sanchez, or even a return engagement by Edgar Renteria would fill a gap, but nothing more.

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:56 pm
 

Should Angels look to sell?


Angels general manager Tony Reagins met with manager Mike Scioscia and the team's coaching staff for 45 minutes following the team's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. It's probable they didn't spend that time lamenting Derrek Lee's decision not to go west.

According to the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, neither Reagins nor Scioscia would publicly say the team is giving up on 2010.

"I don't like labels," Reagins told Plunkett. "What I would say is we're going to look to improve. If we can, we will."

Said Scioscia, "There's nobody who feels were'' out of this."

Or perhaps, there's nobody who will say it. The team lost starter Joel Pineiro for six to eight weeks with an oblique injury. Pineiro is 10-7 with a  4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season.

With Wednesday's loss, the Angels dropped to 52-52, nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West. The Angels are now 12 games back in the wild card, behind six teams.

After making some of the most aggressive moves in the post-Cliff Lee trade market by acquiring Dan Haren and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels gave up former pinch-starter Sean O'Sullivan in the trade with Kansas City. In the Haren deal, the team gave up lefty Joe Saunders and Triple-A right-hander Rafael Rodriguez. Los Angels also gave up three Class A pitchers between the two moves. That's a lot of arms that the team could hope to replenish with some other moves.

The team could move third baseman Brandon Wood, who is being labeled as a disappointment and a "former" prospect, after hitting .168/.185/.225 in 57 games for the Angels this season. Wood is 25 and once ranked the third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Veterans Brian Fuentes, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could also be moved to bolster the minor league system.

The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:43 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:27 am
 

Angels get Royals' Callaspo


Alberto Callaspo The Angels have found a third baseman, getting Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for right-hander Sean O'Sullivan and minor league lefty Will Smith.

Callaspo, a switch-hitter, has played second and third this season, but also has logged games at shortstop and in the corner outfield spots in his big league career. He's hitting .275/.308/.410 with eight home runs and 43 RBI.

In return, the Royals get O'Sullivan, who got the win for the Angels on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, going six innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking three and striking out four. Overall, in five appearances this season, he's 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings. His previous four appearances were in relief.

Smith was demoted to Double-A Arkansas, where he's 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA. He was 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals, as they should be, are in full-out sell mode. Look for reliever Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder David DeJesus to be next out the door. before next weekend's trade deadline.

The team activated Rick Ankiel from the disabled list before Thursday's game with the Yankees and will make another move when O'Sullivan joins the team. Wilson Betemit is starting at third base in Callaspo's place in Thursday's game in New York.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Angels interested in Royals' Callaspo


With the Cliff Lee blockbuster in the rearview mirror, this trade deadline is looking more and more like a bust. Most of the teams with valuable trade pieces are asking for the moon, meaning we'll get less sexy deals.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details on one of those trades in the works -- the Angels' pursuit of the Royals' Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo, 27, is hitting a respectable .276/.310/.413 with eight homers and 42 RBI in Kansas City and plays second and third base.

The Angels were looking at Adam Dunn, but their farm system is barren. The Royals turned down an offer of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (covered in Tuesday's fantasy baseball podcast ) and another "fringe prospect" for Callaspo, Saxon writes. To get a player of Dunn's ilk, the Angels would likely have to part with prized outfielder Mike Trout, and they're not going to do that.

Callaspo came through the Angels' system, but was traded to Arizona in 2006 for reliever Jason Bulger. The Royals traded pitcher Billy Buckner to Arizona for Callaspo after the 2007 season.

O'Sullivan was a third-round pick in 2005 and has made 10 starts in the big leagues. He's appeared in four games this season, pitching seven relief innings, and is scheduled to make his first start of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium. He was called up when Scott Kazmir was put on the 15-day disabled list. O'Sullivan is 5-5 with a 4.76 at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals' top third base prospect, Mike Moustakas isn't ready for the majors yet. He just recently was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, where he has just three hits in 20 at-bats in his first five games. Former third baseman of the future Alex Gordon has been moved to the outfield.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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