Callaspo's value rises with trade to Angels
July, 23, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
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.
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonAlberto Callaspo entered Friday's action 16th among second basemen on the Player Rater.