American League West rivals swapped out second basemen one day before the trade deadline, with the Athletics acquiring 30-year-old veteran Alberto Callaspo and the Angels getting rookie Grant Green. Callaspo hasn’t played second base with regularity since 2009, but it’s the position at which he specialized in the minors.
Oakland sacrificed Green, its first-round pick four years ago, in order to upgrade its weakest position. A’s second basemen had combined to hit .254/.320/.340 this season, but now lefty-hitting Eric Sogard will platoon with Callaspo, a career .301/.347/.416 hitter from the right side.
Grant Green, 2b
Age: 25 Bats: R
Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in first round (13th overall) of 2009 draft; signed Aug. 17, 2009
Green began his big league career in an 0-for-15 skid, but his performance track record at Triple-A Sacramento—he hit .308/.355/.476 with 26 homers in 212 games and strikeouts just 15 percent of the time—hints at brighter days ahead. He can get the barrel to the ball and hit for power to his pull side, though his raw hitting tools grade out average at best. Green dabbled at shortstop, third base and center field in the minors, but his best position is second base given his fringy range and borderline power. The former USC Trojan returns to his Southern California roots with the Angels.
Alberto Callaspo, 3b
Age: 30 Bats: B
Remaining Commitment: Prorated portion of $4.1 million salary for 2013, then $4.875 million for 2014.