<They can't trade Callaspo, they will be without a 3rd basemen.>
Just trying to connect the dots via trade rumors..
<The Phillies could start the season with prospect Freddy Galvis at second base, or explore the trade market for alternatives. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears from rival executives that there’s a short list of veteran middle infielders available in trades. Maicer Izturis, Alberto Callaspo, Chris Getz and Blake DeWitt appear to be options for teams seeking infield depth.>
If the Angels decide to keep Callaspo and Izzy along with Trumbo getting 50 or so AB's @3B, Izzy ($3.8M, walk year), will be limited to backup duty behind Aybar and Kendrick.. Considering Aybar and Kendrick are "everyday" players that could potentially limit Izzy to approx. 20 starts this season.
You probably don't want to trade Izzy due to the fact he's the Angels best option to back up Aybar at S/S in case of injury..
If you trade Callaspo and project Trumbo for 50 or so games at 3B, you could probably get by at 3rd base with some combination of Trumbo, Izzy and Cantu with Izzy also backing up S/S and 2B with Amarista in reserve at Salt Lake..
IMO Trumbo is the key to everything.. If the Angels feel he's a reasonable option @3B this year, they will deal Callaspo...
< manager Mike Scioscia said there's no ceiling for the amount of time the young slugger spends at the hot corner. "If he takes this position and runs with it, who knows how many he's going to play?" Scioscia said. "I think he's shown enough that I think we're going to see him playing third base for us. To what extent? We don't know.>
They don't feel he's a reasonable option and they know Izzy is not a full time player.
So Scioscia wasn't quoted as saying "He will be playing some third base for us. To what extent, we don't know"?
That tells me they think he is a reasonable option. If they didn't, he wouldn't play there...
I wouldn't be too concerned about what a manager says during Spring Training, he is just trying to appease some players concerns about what role they will have on the team. Wait until the games actually count and you will see the truth.
I mean seriously, do you really think Abreu is going to get 400-500 ABs? Yet Scioscia said it.
I think Trumbo will be slipped into a few games at third, mainly to get his bat in the order and to give Callaspo a day off. The same thing will happen with Morales and Pujols, and possibly the corner OF positions, but make no mistake, Trumbo is a backup at every position he plays at for the Angels.
Abreu's playing time is a concern for Abreu. Trumbo's playing time is a concern for the team, IMO anyway.
I think those are 2 different situations.
Trumbo grew up local, loves the Angels, and told the team whatever they want he will do it (or at least try). He doesn't care where he plays, he just wants to help the team.
Abreu wants to play, no matter how much it might hurt the team for him to take someone elses glove/bat for a couple days a week...
< they know Izzy is not a full time player >
No, you can't count on Izzy playing everyday, but he has the potential to play 100-120 games or so.
<They don't feel he's a reasonable option>
I used to think that, but I'm not so sure now..
<I mean seriously, do you really think Abreu is going to get 400-500 ABs? Yet Scioscia said it.>
If Abreu had given the Angels any hope that he could still hit this Spring I think 400 plate appearances were possible as a reserve corner outfielder due to the fact Hunter and Wells could use 25-35 off days this season. PB will also need multiple days off this season, due to his chronic hip issues.