by Karl Buscheck
July 31, 2013
On Tuesday night, during the Oakland A’s 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, GM Billy Beane took a break from one of his famous in-game workouts to address the trade for Alberto Callaspo.
The club picked up the switch-hitting infielder from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for top prospect Grant Green. The 25-year-old Green made his MLB earlier this month, and went 0-for-15 with 3 errors in five games. Green was originally selected 13th overall out of USC in the 2009 draft.
Callaspo is currently hitting .252 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 86 games in 2013. The 30-year-old native of Maracay, Venezuela enjoyed his best season back in 2009 when he hit .300 with 11 home runs and 41 doubles for the Kansas City Royals.
Here’s what Beane had to say about Callaspo, Green and a few other trade deadline topics:
What went into the thinking behind this trade?
We needed some infield help. Particularly someone who could help swinging from the right side. We’re also pretty thin infield wise when you start thinking about the fact that we’ve played Josh [Donaldson] almost every inning of every game. He can give Josh a breather. He can hit against left-handed pitching. Play some second base. Sogie [Eric Sogard] can move to short, he can give Jed [Lowrie] a day off.
So, switch-hitter, gives the club some versatility when he’s coming off the bench. Just a little bit of a hedge at every position, and a help to the right side against left-handed pitching.
No concern that he hasn’t played any second or shortstop in the last couple years? (Callaspo last played second regularly in 2009.)
No, I’m concerned. (chuckles) He has played a lot in the past and there wasn’t a huge availability of that type of player. He’s going to have to get over there. I spoke to Alberto and mentioned the fact that he’s going to be over there. But the good thing is he’s played a lot in the past. No question there’s a little bit of a void the last couple years, but we’re in a situation where we needed another infielder.