TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Albert Pujols signing has created a domino effect, one where a multitude of former fixtures are unsure what role they'll play in the early stages of Angels camp. Alberto Callaspo, the club's starting third baseman last year, is no exception.
"I've always started out that way and I end up playing," Callaspo said in Spanish. "I'm hoping they give me a chance to play regularly this year, but well, we'll see. ... Those are things that happen. It's all for the good of the team."
Callaspo was signed by the Angels out of Venezuela in 2001, then reacquired from the Royals in July 2010. Last year, in his first full Major League season in Anaheim, the 28-year-old batted .288 with six homers, 46 RBIs and 23 doubles while making 125 starts at the hot corner.
But now Mark Trumbo is trying to make the switch to third base, at least on a part-time basis, and the Angels also have Maicer Izturis as an infielder. With Scott Sizemore out for year with a torn ACL, Callaspo's name also has been thrown around as a potential trade chip for the Athletics.
"I'm just relaxed," Callaspo said, "waiting to see what happens and waiting for them to give me the opportunity to do my job."
Callaspo spent the offseason in Venezuela, playing winter ball but only as a designated hitter because of tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. The switch-hitter says his arm is good to go now, though.