Braves to sign Albert Callaspo

Alberto Callaspo will sign with the Braves after he passes a physical.

The Braves will sign veteran infielder Alberto Callaspo to a one-year contract after he passes a physical later this week. The deal is reportedly for $3 million, plus incentives. Callaspo made $4.875 million last year for the Oakland A's.

The 31-year-old Callaspo has played nine years in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks, Royals, Angels and A's. Last season he hit .223 with Oakland and had four home runs, 39 RBI and a .290 on base percentage.

Callaspo started 41 games at second base, 17 games at first base and 16 games at third base for Oakland last season. He has mainly played third base in his career (537 games), followed by significant time at second base (295) and also time at shortstop, first base and a few games in the corner outfield spots.

The Braves will allow rookie Jose Peraza to come to spring training to show how close he is to the big leagues. It is believed the preference is for Peraza to spend a couple of months in Triple-A and then to make the jump to Atlanta. Callaspo will join Phillip Gosselin as candidates to play second base until Peraza is ready for the full-time job.

Since Callaspo can play multiple positions, he will likely settle into a reserve role with the Braves and replace Ramiro Pena, who became a free agent after the Braves took him after the major league roster.

One plus on Callaspo is his lack of strikeouts. The Braves want to change the type of hitters they have in the lineup. Callaspo has struck out only 331 times while he's walked 322 times in 3695 career plate appearances.

The Braves have been linked to Stephen Drew, Gordon Beckham and Daniel Descalso as other options to play in the infield. It is not known whether the Callaspo signing ends the search for another infield bat.



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