A’s trade Green to Angels for Callaspo
OAKLAND — The A’s gave away former first-round Draft pick Grant Green to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for a proven infielder in Alberto Callaspo.
According to a source, Callaspo will play second base for the A’s, who had been looking for an offensive upgrade at the position — currently shared by platoon players Eric Sogard and Adam Rosales — before Wednesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Callaspo, 30 and in his eighth Major League season, has spent the majority of the last few years at third base. He hasn’t played at second since 2010, but he offers the A’s a better bat against left-handers than Rosales, who was hitting just .197 entering the day.
The second-base platoon likely stays intact, then, with Sogard and Callaspo sharing duties at the position, leaving Jed Lowrie to remain at shortstop on an everyday basis going forward.
Callaspo, pulled from the Angels’ game in the top of the sixth in Texas on Tuesday night, was batting .253 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in 85 games for the Angels. He is owed roughly $6 million, including $4.875 million in 2014, and the A’s are expected to pay all of it.
Green, 25, made his Major League debut for Oakland on July 8, ultimately going hitless in 15 at-bats spanning five games while committing three errors. Defense has always been a concern for Green, whose movement between positions in the Minors slowed his journey to the big leagues.
However, the A’s always thought highly of his bat, which registered a .325 average with 27 doubles and 11 home runs in 87 games for Triple-A Sacramento this year. He was a late scratch from the River Cats’ game on Tuesday night, around the same time Callaspo was pulled.