With the World Series on the verge of beginning, that means we are mere days away from the free agency market opening for business and the Angels sure have themselves some business to get done if they want to end their playoff drought. To prep you for the ensuing craziness, we're previewing how the market could unfold for the Halos, position-by-position.
Up next, we look at the corner infield options. And by corner infield, I really just mean third base because the last thing the Halos need is another first baseman.
Who we got?
Nobody likes him, but Alberto Callaspo is the Angels' starting third baseman until further notice. As unsexy as he is, he does give the Angels a quality defensive player who occasionally is competent with the bat. That isn't enough for 99% of Angels fans desperately wanting an upgrade over him, but it is good enough to rate him as a little above league average (according to his 2.7 fWAR) at a position that is suffering a league-wide talent drought. The only thing that might cause the Angels to part way with Callaspo is if they balk at the estimated million raise he's set to earn in his final year of arbitration.
Part of the reason Beto seems like a sure bet to remain in Angel Red is the lack of alternative available to the Halos. Maicer Izturis is likely to leave via free agency and Andrew Romine rates as nothing more than a reserve. In the minors, Kaleb Cowart is highly-regarded but still years away. That leaves only Luis Jimenez as a possible challenger for playing time, but the free-swinging Lucho doesn't have the profile that GM Jerry Dipoto seems to prefer.
So, like I said. Callaspo ain't going nowhere.