Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 4/19/12
With news of Erick Aybar signing a contract extension coming out this week, it should increase the odds that Alberto Callaspo is traded for relief help.  The fact that Aybar will definitely be around next year would seem to make Maicer Izturis expendable but I’m thinking Jerry Dipoto knows Arte Moreno did not spend the big bucks this off-season to use an unproven back-up at shortstop, so Izturis remains.  While Callaspo put up some excellent defensive metrics at third base last year I’m not convinced he can maintain that performance, and when it comes to second base or shortstop Callaspo is not in the same ballpark defensively as Mighty Mouse Maicer. Of course, who might go depends on the trade partner.  A team that is contending this year is more likely to ask for Izturis or Callaspo and a team that is not competitive would be looking for prospects.  And aside from the reluctance to play Mark Trumbo and the inability to win games, the Angels would seem to have one glaring weakness...
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