OAKLAND — With the clock ticking down to Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline on Wednesday, the A's swung a deal to bring Los Angeles Angels infielder Alberto Callaspo to Oakland.
The A's obtained the seven-year veteran in exchange for minor-league infielder Grant Green, the 13th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. General manger Billy Beane said he made the move to fill a need in the infield and to "grasp the present."
"I think we're in a pretty unique position," Beane said. "I think we need to do everything we can to help this club out."
Callaspo, a switch hitter, is batting .252 with five home runs and 36 RBIs this year.
Beane said the 30-year-old utility man will give the A's flexibility on defense. He's played in 508 games at third base, 217 games at second base, 32 games at shortstop and 14 games in the outfield.
"We're pretty thin infield wise," Beane said, adding: "He can give Josh [Donaldson] a breather, hit against left-handed pitching, play some second base, [Eric Sogard] can move to short and give Jed [Lowrie] a day off."
But the A's had to part ways with Green, who made his major-league debut earlier this year, going 0-for-15 at the plate. He was batting .325 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI with Triple-A Sacramento.
"We did think highly of Grant and the price was steep," Beane said. "But then again, it was a seller's market for this position — there just weren't very many guys out there."
Callaspo, 30, is in the first year of a two-year $8.98 million contract.