MLB Trade Rumors: Angels make Alberto Callaspo available, could Yankees be interested?

Jason O. Watson

The Angels have officially become sellers after trading Scott Downs and now they're looking to trade third baseman Alberto Callaspo. The Yankees could use a third baseman and Jon Heyman suggests that they could be interested. They seem to be on the outside of the Michael Young sweepstakes and Alex Rodriguez could be facing a suspension, so Callaspo could be needed.

On the season he has a .253/.323/.348 batting line with a 90 wRC+, which isn't really that great, but would represent a significant upgrade over what they have now. None of Jayson Nix, Brent Lillibridge, Luis Cruz, and David Adams have a wRC+ over 70, but is Callaspo worth what he might require to land? Callaspo is signed through 2014 and is owed an affordable $4.8 million. The Angels are looking for pitching as evidenced by their demand of Ian Kennedy from the Diamondbacks for Howie Kendrick. Callaspo would obviously not require that big of a return, but he would probably get them a No. 4 or 5 type pitcher, maybe Adam Warren.

UPDATE:

The Yankees have indeed asked about Callaspo, who is a switch hitter with a 108 wRC+ against left-handed pitchers. Joe Sherman says they have asked about him, but are not pursuing him as outright at the moment. He could be a backup plan if they can't land someone better.

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