The January 17th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Callaspo avoids arbitration, the greatest Angels off-seasons ever, Kaleb Cowart scouting report and much more...
The Monkey Says: Callaspo is probably smart to settle. He isn't a prototypical third baseman, so he could have had a hard time in an arbitration hearing since much of it is based comparisons to other players at the position. This now leaves Erick Aybar as the only Angel still eligible for arbitration.
The Monkey Says: This slideshow is worth it if only for the picture of Rod Carew in a headband. Oh, by the way, it was a REALLY slow news day. So slow, in fact, that I almost included the Giants avoiding arbitration with Angel Pagan in today's links simply because his name is Angel.
The Story: A look at prospect Kaleb Cowart.
The Monkey Says: Wow, interesting to see the idea of Cowart being in line for a switch back to pitching thrown around so liberally already. It isn't necessarily wrong either as Cowart has thus far failed to live up to the lofty projections many had for him, though it isn't like he been a bust either.
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Oh, good. So now we're this close to having NO future at third? The Trumbo experiment is looking more and more *necessary*, given the overall weakness at the position around baseball. We won't be able to hope for a trade or something to fall out of the sky. That comment about having decent power up the middle and to the opposite field doesn't make me feel any better; he may not have the bat speed/pitch recognition and just be late on more pitches than he'd/we'd/the coaching staff'd like.
Eddie Bane, the gift that keeps on giving.
@Rick K.Callaspo's under control this year and next and the Angels have a good looking prospect in AAA named Luis Jimenez. Throwing Trumbo into the mix only further secures the position. 3B is not going to be a problem. If the Angels don't fill it from within (which it looks like they can) then they'll have a lot of money freed up soon and could afford to get help through Free Agency.
@ScottyAllenLAAI From the reviews I've read here and elsewhere, I kind of take away that Jimenez can be compared to Aurelio Rodriguez. Decent glove but can't quite put power and average together in the same season. True or false?
@Rick K. Callaspo's much more productive than most fans give him credit for.
@ScottyAllenLAAI Yes, I should have been more specific and said, "at the ML level." If he can average those numbers for a few years he would certainly be more productive than Callaspo. I'd still have to see it to believe it.
@Rick K.@ScottyAllenLAAI False (for now). He's put it all together last couple seasons, proved he can do it in high minors. No plate discipline to speak of but he's like Alberto Callaspo in that he doesn't strike out. He just happens to never walk either. Still, he has Adrian Beltre type of upside. At the very least you've got a very solid backup option, though that would be an extraordinary disappointment. If I had to guess, I'd say he's an above average defensive 3B that will deliver .270/.320 30+ DB 20ish HR.