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Angels infielder Alberto Callaspo agrees to terms on 2011 contract

January 11, 2011 | 10:52 am

Callapso_400 The Angels settled their first of a potential eight winter arbitration cases Tuesday, agreeing to terms with infielder Alberto Callaspo on a $2-million contract for 2011.

Callaspo, acquired from Kansas City last July to fill a gaping void at third base, hit .265 with a .302 on-base percentage, a .374 slugging percentage, 10 home runs and 56 runs batted in in 601 total plate appearances for the Royals and Angels last season.

A wrist injury hampered him during Callaspo's entire two months with the Angels, in which he hit .249 with a .291 on-base percentage, two homers and 13 RBIs in 58 games. The 27-year-old, who can also play shortstop and second base, is expected to compete for the third-base job this spring with Maicer Izturis and Brandon Wood. 

The Angels have seven other players who are eligible for arbitration, the most costly of which will be pitcher Jered Weaver, who is expected to receive a considerable bump from his $4.265-million salary after going 13-12 with a 3.01 earned run average and 233 strikeouts last season.

Also eligible for arbitration are catcher Mike Napoli, first baseman Kendry Morales, second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Reggie Willits. Callaspo, in his first year of arbitration, received a considerable raise; he made $460,000 last season.

-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: Alberto Callaspo. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times