It has been nearly a week since the Oakland Athletics acquired veteran utility player Alberto Callaspo from the Anahe…I mean Los Angeles Angels. Since the Callaspo trade the A’s have stumbled to a 1-4 record. While Callaspo is not to blame for the recent struggles, the lack of pop in the A’s bats might prove that the Callaspo trade was a mistake. The A’s could have used another big bat in the lineup, especially with the hated Texas Rangers breathing down their necks. Former top prospect Grant Green could probably have been used in a package to get a better bat than Callaspo.
The A’s second base platoon of Rosales and Sogard would not scare any pitching staffs in October, but neither will a Callaspo/Sogard platoon. With the speedster Jemile Weeks still down in Sacramento it would have made sense for the A’s to try and get a better player than Callaspo. The aging Callaspo is no longer capable of being a solid defensive second baseman which made the trade even more suspect. Now that the Angels’ Howie Kendrick went down with an injury, LA is actually giving Grant Green another shot in the big leagues. What makes matters worse is that the Rangers signed the waived Adam Rosales to be their utility man.
Time will tell how the Callaspo trade turned out for the 2013 Oakland Athletics. Callaspo could somehow get hot and help lead the A’s to another AL West Championship but Adam Rosales could do the same for the Rangers. Letting your two biggest rivals obtain a decent prospect and a working class utility man, for the services of Alberto Callaspo seems like a dicey move to me.