Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 1/17/13
Do you like Alberto Callaspo?  Were you hoping the Angels would move on from him either during this season or after it?  Well, it sucks to be you because the Angels not only avoided arbitration with Callaspo for 2013, but also bought out his first year of free agency in 2014 as well. Through industry source, Callaspo's deal with the #Angels essentially done, pending physical. Two years, close to $9M. No 3rd-year option. — Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) January 18, 2013 I'll be honest, it is the second-year of the deal that even made this worthy of a stand-alone post and not just top billing in tomorrow's Halo Headlines.  Callaspo is a good fielder, but he has struggled with the bat in two of his three seasons since the Angels traded for him, which is what most people tend to focus on when they criticize him.  What they overlook is that the talent pool at third base in the majors is shallower than a kiddie pool after a Bartolo Colon cannonball. Upgrading over Callaspo via trade was never going to be affordable.  Finding a replacement after the season in free agency was going to be near impossible as well since Callaspo was going to be arguably the second-best third baseman on the market after Martin Prado.  Considering that, this signing was something of a steal.  Alberto has proven to be, at worst, a 1.5 win player and had a 3.7 win season in 2011 and 2.7 win season in 2012 yet with an average annual value of $4.5 million, the Halos just secured him for the price of one win.  That's not too shabby, even if you aren't a fan of Callaspo. Of course, the real point of this deal isn't keeping Callaspo because the organization covets him so much as keeping Callaspo because they covet having somebody around to keep the hot corner warm until top prospect Kaleb Cowart is ready, which figures to be the 2015 season.  How convenient?  It is almost like they planned that or something.  Weird. This now leaves Kevin Jepsen, Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas as the arbitration eligible players for the Angels.  At this point, none of them seem like a candidate for a multi-year deal, but neither did Callaspo, so who knows what will happen. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Former NFL LB Armstrong, wife reportedly killed by 16-year-old son

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Redskins GM injures hand punching wall in frustration

Report: Aldon Smith checks into rehab

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker