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November 22, 2013

Rumor Roundup

Third Baseman for Sale

by Daniel Rathman


Angels in Talks to Acquire David Freese
The Rangers and Tigers may have already consummated the offseason’s biggest trade, but those fearing a drought between now and next month’s Winter Meetings might not need to worry too much. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers’ division rivals in Anaheim are working on a swap of their own.

General manager Jerry Dipoto sent Alberto Callaspo, his full-time third baseman from 2011 through the first half of 2013, to the Athletics last July, opening up a spot at which manager Mike Scioscia mixed and matched utility men down the stretch. Andrew Romine, Luis Jimenez, and company got the Halos through game 162, but if the club is to return to contention, it will need to find a useful regular at the hot corner.

Grant Green, whom the Angels obtained in the Callaspo deal, is one option, but he has made only 15 professional appearances at third base, 11 of which came for Triple-A Sacramento in 2012. The team’s no. 2 prospect, Kaleb Cowart, is a third baseman, but he was overmatched at Double-A Arkansas last year and is at least a year away from being ready to contribute in the majors.

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