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.
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.
#Angels trade Callaspo to Oakland for Grant Green: http://t.co/3FJHcM3loJ— Hudson Belinsky (@hudsonbelinsky) July 31, 2013