Alberto Callaspo signed a two-year deal worth approximately $9 million Tuesday, leaving the Angels’ expected opening-day lineup under contract for the next two seasons.
Callaspo will earn $4.1 million next season and $4.88 million in 2014, the first year he was eligible to become a free agent. The 29-year-old batted .252 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2012, proving his worth mostly in the field. After the Angels briefly experimented with Mark Trumbo at third base, Callaspo was handed the starting job early in the season and turned in a .963 fielding percentage at third base – fifth in the American League.
A switch hitter, Callaspo moved up and down an ever-changing lineup in 2012. This year he may be the weak link but the Angels will probably take another year of .250 so long as Callaspo’s glove remains steady.