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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Los Angeles Angels - Acquired Bulger
Los Angeles Angels - Acquired P Jason Bulger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for IF Alberto Callaspo.
The A’s may be the Moneyball Darlings, but when it comes to picking up relievers, nobody can match Bill Stoneman. Bulger’s a former first-rounder by the Diamondbacks and while a failed starter, he’s pitched very well in the minors thanks to an excellent fastball that’s fully back after Bulger’s 2003 Tommy John surgery. I imagine the Angels will give Bulger every chance to play (though probably not in April) on the team after getting burned by both Jenks and Turnbow starring elsewhere.
Callaspo’s a decent prospect, probably a 2B long-term. He’s not a great defensive player even at 2nd, but he’s no Scott Hairston. While middle infield prospects who can hit a little aren’t things you give away, being in the same system as Brandon Wood, Howie Kendrick, and Erick Aybar makes getting a full-time job in the majors quite a challenge.
I wouldn’t have done this trade if I were the Diamondbacks. While they have a lot of realistic candidates for the bullpen, not many are very good pitchers. Bulger’s yet to establish himself in the majors, but I think there’s a higher chance of him being a solid contributor than Luis Vizcaino or Greg Aquino in 2006. The trade is more defensible if Albert Callaspo adds a lot to your system but Arizona has both Justin Upton and Stephen Drew so Callaspo again is the backup plan if both those others fail.
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