UPDATE: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Callaspo’s two-year deal is worth $8.975 million.
10:45 PM: According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, the Angels and Alberto Callaspo are close to finalizing a two-year extension worth around $9 million. The two sides are still expected to exchange arbitration figures tomorrow, but that’s merely a formality until Callaspo travels from Venezuela to take a physical.
Callaspo was arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter after making a $3.15 million salary in 2012. The agreement, if finalized, will buy out his first year of free agency.
Callaspo, 29, batted .252/.331/.361 with 10 home runs, 53 RBI and a .692 OPS last season. The Angels are hoping he’ll hold down third base until top prospect Kaleb Cowart is ready for the big leagues.
Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun suggests that as many as four teams may be in the mix; either way, a final decision is expected by Monday.
Tillman, 29, has spent the entirety of his major league career in Baltimore. After posting career-high numbers in 2016, his progress was derailed during an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, during which he missed nearly six weeks on the disabled list with recurring right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with a bloated 7.84 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 93 innings.
While the mystery teams have yet to reveal themselves, the Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran right-hander this offseason. Both the Blue Jays and Twins have made big moves to bolster their rotations over the last few days, with the additions of Jaime Garcia and Jake Odorizzi, respectively. That doesn’t mean that Tillman is out of reach, however — if his price is right, he could provide some much-needed depth for pitching staffs that finished 15th and 22nd in the league last year.