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beavis
12-14-2007, 12:58 PM
Link (http://www.rotoworld.com/content/Headlines.aspx?sport=MLB&hl=227667)

Royals acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Diamondbacks for RHP Billy Buckner.

Callaspo looked like a valuable piece on a Diamondbacks team that has Orlando Hudson under control for just one more year, but Arizona clearly wasn't willing to forgive and forget after last year's arrest on spousal abuse charges. On the Royals, he joins Esteban German and Jason Smith as utility candidates. The team shouldn't need both he and German unless Mark Grudzielanek goes in a trade, so this could be a precursor to another move. We like it anyway. Callaspo has a chance to be a pretty solid regular at second base after Grudzy moves on. Dec. 14 - 2:48 pm et

beavis
12-14-2007, 12:59 PM
Got no opinion on it really, no idea about the guy we got. Maybe means that Grudz is on his way out?

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:00 PM
No idea about this move. But I won't be surprised if Grud is gone.

beavis
12-14-2007, 01:02 PM
Link (http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20071214&content_id=2326372&vkey=pr_kc&fext=.jsp&c_id=kc)

Royals acquire infielder Alberto Callaspo from Arizona in exchange for pitcher Billy Buckner

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired switch-hitting infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner.
The 24-year old Callaspo (Ky-AWS-po) split his 2007 season between Triple-A Tucson and the Diamondbacks. He hit .215 (31-for-144) with eight doubles, seven RBI, nine walks and 14 strikeouts in 56 games for the N.L. West champs, appearing mostly as a pinch hitter. Callaspo dominated the Pacific Coast League, hitting .341 (77-for-226) with 15 doubles, five home runs, 30 RBI and 48 runs in 59 games for the Sidewinders.

"The addition of Alberto continues to increase the versatility on our team," Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said. "He is a young, tremendously skilled player with a great eye at the plate and very solid defensive skills at three infield positions."

A 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela, Callaspo made his Major League debut for the Diamondbacks in 2006 after being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for pitcher Jason Bulger on Feb. 28, 2006. He has posted a .220 (41-for-186) career average in 79 big league games, with nine doubles, one triple, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored. Callaspo has made appearances at second base, third base, shortstop, left field and right field in his young Major League career, but was primarily a second baseman at the Minor League level.

Originally signed by the Angels as a non-drafted free agent in 2001, Callaspo hit .337 (165-for-490) with 24 doubles, 12 triples, seven home runs, 68 RBI and 93 runs scored in 114 games with Tucson in 2006 on his way to being named the Diamondbacks Minor League Player of the Year. He led the PCL in runs, finished second in average and triples and fourth in runs scored. He continued a career-long trend, drawing 56 walks while striking out just 27 times. In both 2004 and 2005, he was the toughest player in the Minor Leagues to strikeout, fanning a total of 55 times in 1,225 plate appearances.

Cochise
12-14-2007, 01:05 PM
If you look at this like Gordon is the future at 3B, Moustakas at SS, maybe this guy at 2B, and Teahen at 1B, Butler at DH, it kind of makes sense. Getting good prospects in place at every position.

It could mean Grudz is gone or it could mean that German or some other utility guys are on the way out.

I don't tend to think Moore would have agreed on an extension with Grudz during the season last year if he were going to trade him over the winter.

Demonpenz
12-14-2007, 01:05 PM
pulled the plug early on buckner oh well

beavis
12-14-2007, 01:07 PM
I don't tend to think Moore would have agreed on an extension with Grudz during the season last year if he were going to trade him over the winter.
Yeah, doesn't make much sense. Wonder if he might spend this year in Omaha or something. By his minor league stats, he appears to be a candidate to leadoff. A lot of walks and few Ks.

Woodrow Call
12-14-2007, 01:07 PM
I like it. Buckner is expendable and a 2B for the future was desperately needed.

beavis
12-14-2007, 01:08 PM
pulled the plug early on buckner oh well
I don't think he projects to be much more than a #4 anyway. I'm not that upset about him going.

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:09 PM
If you look at this like Gordon is the future at 3B, Moustakas at SS, maybe this guy at 2B, and Teahen at 1B, Butler at DH, it kind of makes sense. Getting good prospects in place at every position.

It could mean Grudz is gone or it could mean that German or some other utility guys are on the way out.

I don't tend to think Moore would have agreed on an extension with Grudz during the season last year if he were going to trade him over the winter.


I must have missed this extension.

Mecca
12-14-2007, 01:09 PM
If you look at this like Gordon is the future at 3B, Moustakas at SS, maybe this guy at 2B, and Teahen at 1B, Butler at DH, it kind of makes sense. Getting good prospects in place at every position.

It could mean Grudz is gone or it could mean that German or some other utility guys are on the way out.

I don't tend to think Moore would have agreed on an extension with Grudz during the season last year if he were going to trade him over the winter.

The only problem with this is Moustakas at best is a 3rd baseman at the MLB level, he's probably a 1st baseman.

alanm
12-14-2007, 01:13 PM
What happens to Pena?

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:15 PM
What happens to Pena?

The pressure is on?

Or we trade him.

My bet is on the first.

leviw
12-14-2007, 01:16 PM
The only problem with this is Moustakas at best is a 3rd baseman at the MLB level, he's probably a 1st baseman.

Probably third. I've never heard first, though.

Cochise
12-14-2007, 01:17 PM
The only problem with this is Moustakas at best is a 3rd baseman at the MLB level, he's probably a 1st baseman.

An expert in scouting high school baseball talent too I see. You must get exhausted traveling all over the country to scout it.

Sure-Oz
12-14-2007, 01:17 PM
From MLBtraderumors.com
Royals Acquire Alberto Callaspo
Interesting move today, as the Royals sent 24 year-old minor league starter Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for 24 year-old second baseman Alberto Callaspo.

Buckner, a labrum surgery survivor, has a plus curveball according to Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein. Goldstein adds that he's able to get groundballs and projects as a fourth starter. Throw him in the NL, maybe he could even become a #3.

Callaspo is one of the better second base prospects out there, but keep in mind that good prospects rarely come up at that position. He almost never whiffs, and plays strong defense. The high contact approach led to a .341 average in Triple A this year. That the D'Backs shipped him off could imply they want to sign Orlando Hudson long-term. Perhaps Callaspo's off-field indiscretions played into the decision. At any rate he's a nice addition for the Royals.

beavis
12-14-2007, 01:18 PM
The only problem with this is Moustakas at best is a 3rd baseman at the MLB level, he's probably a 1st baseman.
That may be a tad premature. The guy has played what... 10 games of pro ball?

Mecca
12-14-2007, 01:22 PM
That was his report coming out......he played it in high school but by the time he makes the majors he'll be to big and not have the range to play MLB short...

He's likely a corner.....or hell a corner OF.

siberian khatru
12-14-2007, 01:23 PM
Dayton really doesn't like Allard's pitchers (except for Greinke).

Cochise
12-14-2007, 01:24 PM
I must have missed this extension.

My mistake, Grudz and the club had a mutual option year that they picked up for 2008.

Demonpenz
12-14-2007, 01:34 PM
he may just be a #4 but we need all the arms we can garner. oh well

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:38 PM
My mistake, Grudz and the club had a mutual option year that they picked up for 2008.

Thanks for the info. :thumb:

You think this makes him expendable?

RJ
12-14-2007, 01:40 PM
Callaspo apparently is a versatile player in the field and can hit for a little average but has no power. I'm not really clear as to how he helps the Royals since German has essentially the same skill set.

Callaspo also beats up on his wife occasionally.


http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/0512callaspo0512.html

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:42 PM
Callaspo apparently is a versatile player in the field and can hit for a little average but has no power. I'm not really clear as to how he helps the Royals since German has essentially the same skill set.

Callaspo also beats up on his wife occasionally.


http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/0512callaspo0512.html


His minor league strike out per at bat ratio was astounding:

1 in 116 at bats. Best in the minors.

Power isn't everything. Sometimes you just need men on base. He sounds like that man.

leviw
12-14-2007, 01:42 PM
That was his report coming out......he played it in high school but by the time he makes the majors he'll be to big and not have the range to play MLB short...

He's likely a corner.....or hell a corner OF.

Range might be an issue, but I don't get what size has to do with it. He's smaller than Derek Jeter --roughly the same size as Alex Gonzalez

leviw
12-14-2007, 01:43 PM
Callaspo apparently is a versatile player in the field and can hit for a little average but has no power. I'm not really clear as to how he helps the Royals since German has essentially the same skill set.

Callaspo also beats up on his wife occasionally.


http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/0512callaspo0512.html

MCMW

sedated
12-14-2007, 01:44 PM
What happens to Pena?

what does this move have to do with Pena?

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 01:46 PM
what does this move have to do with Pena?

He's a utility guy. If Grudz stays, 2B is filled most likely. Gordon at 3rd, I believe. That leaves SS.

So I'd bet it's either depth or it's putting the pressure on Pena. He needs it too.

Cochise
12-14-2007, 01:50 PM
He's a utility guy. If Grudz stays, 2B is filled most likely. Gordon at 3rd, I believe. That leaves SS.

So I'd bet it's either depth or it's putting the pressure on Pena. He needs it too.

Grudz will be 37 this year.

sedated
12-14-2007, 01:51 PM
He's a utility guy. If Grudz stays, 2B is filled most likely. Gordon at 3rd, I believe. That leaves SS.

So I'd bet it's either depth or it's putting the pressure on Pena. He needs it too.

Pena surpassed all expectations last year. I'm not saying he's the long-term answer at SS, but aquiring a utility IF isn't either.

This guy will probably go to the minors or sit on the bench until Grudz days are over. This move is all about the future.

beach tribe
12-14-2007, 01:59 PM
I thought buckner played for the Red Sox. J/K

tyton75
12-14-2007, 02:04 PM
At first glance, i thought the thread said, "royals trade Butler.." and I was pissed!!!!

RJ
12-14-2007, 02:05 PM
MCMW


More children make wishes?

My cheese moose whines?

Make chestnuts meet watermelons?

irishjayhawk
12-14-2007, 02:06 PM
Pena surpassed all expectations last year. I'm not saying he's the long-term answer at SS, but aquiring a utility IF isn't either.

This guy will probably go to the minors or sit on the bench until Grudz days are over. This move is all about the future.

Perhaps.

I find you shallow and pedantic.

Sure-Oz
12-14-2007, 02:06 PM
At first glance, i thought the thread said, "royals trade Butler.." and I was pissed!!!!
It's a quality allard baird trade haha

sedated
12-14-2007, 02:18 PM
Perhaps.

I find you shallow and pedantic.

Thank you

Adept Havelock
12-14-2007, 03:14 PM
Perhaps.

I find you shallow and pedantic.

Cool. Let's play Trivial Pursuit.

keg in kc
12-14-2007, 03:15 PM
Sounds like a good deal.

Coach
12-14-2007, 03:24 PM
I know it's a small sample size, but his career line isn't pretty thus far in the Majors.

.220/.272/.280 With a OPS of 40.

Nightfyre
12-14-2007, 03:24 PM
His minor league strike out per at bat ratio was astounding:

1 in 116 at bats. Best in the minors.

Power isn't everything. Sometimes you just need men on base. He sounds like that man.
Small ball and fast-ball pitchers GO!

Mr. Laz
12-14-2007, 03:49 PM
I like it. Buckner is expendable and a 2B for the future was desperately needed.
how is pitching ever expendable?

Deberg_1990
12-14-2007, 03:51 PM
Somebody has to say it:

Print em!

Woodrow Call
12-14-2007, 04:27 PM
how is pitching ever expendable?
Mediocre pitching is always expendable IMO.

Sure-Oz
12-14-2007, 05:42 PM
I know it's a small sample size, but his career line isn't pretty thus far in the Majors.

.220/.272/.280 With a OPS of 40.
Believe he has pinch hit alot and sucked

shakesthecat
12-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Somebody has to say it:

Print em!


C'mon, it's not like they traded for Graeme Lloyd.

ChiefsCountry
12-14-2007, 07:30 PM
Sounds like a pretty good trade. Also it looks like Arizona is going for broke this year.

Mr. Laz
12-14-2007, 08:46 PM
Mediocre pitching is always expendable IMO.
buckner has been in the majors for 1 whole year ..... he's 24


talk about yelling "Bust" a might early

BWillie
12-14-2007, 09:02 PM
What happens to Pena?

Who cares. When you are always down 0-2 in a count, and actually start to hit better for average on a 0-2 count, then you are just a retarded baseball player.

DomerNKC
12-14-2007, 09:53 PM
What happens to Pena?he will quit just like dear old dad.