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Alberto Callaspo designated for assignment by the Dodgers


Alberto Callaspo is the odd man out in the Dodgers’ never-ending roster churn, as the veteran infielder was designated for assignment and dropped from the 40-man roster.

Acquired from the Braves in May as part of the Juan Uribe trade, Callaspo hit just .260 with zero homers and a .637 OPS in 60 games for the Dodgers.

He’s not a true utility infielder in that he can’t play shortstop and typically isn’t trusted to play second base. And he’s not a particularly good corner infield option because Callaspo has a lifetime .693 OPS.

Mets acquire Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves for two pitchers

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Update (7:13 PM EST): Heyman reports that the deal is official.


ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mets and Braves are “close” on a trade that would send Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to New York. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Joel Sherman of the New York Post also reported that a deal is close.

Uribe, 36, has already been traded this season, as he joined the Braves from the Dodgers in late May along with pitcher Chris Withrow. The Dodgers received Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime from Atlanta. Uribe has hit well in a Braves uniform, posting a .285/.353/.464 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 167 plate appearances.

Johnson, 33, has played first, second, and third base as well as both corner outfield positions while hitting .275/.321/.451 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 197 plate appearances.

Sherman reports that the Braves will be receiving “young arms” in the trade, including John Gant. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 3.52 ERA and a 91/36 K/BB ratio over 99 2/3 combined innings between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

Update (7:07 PM EST): Per Sherman, Rob Whalen is the other pitcher involved in the deal. The 21-year-old right-hander has a 3.36 ERA with a 61/34 K/BB ratio in 83 innings with Single-A St. Lucie.

Breaking down the Braves-Dodgers trade

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 26: Juan Uribe #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during a game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on April 26, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It was on and then off and then back on again and now it’s official: The Braves have traded Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime to the Dodgers in exchange for Juan Uribe and Chris Withrow.

You know Uribe and Callaspo: basically an exchange of veteran infielders who have seen better days, with Uribe costing the Braves about $3.5 million more than Callaspo will cost the Dodgers. In Chris Withrow, the Braves get a potential high-upside reliever, but one who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and back surgery so, um, yeah. He may pitch in the minors this year but is more of a next-year kind of thing.

As for the Dodgers, they get Stults, who broke in with Los Angeles in 2006, actually. He’s been mostly unimpressive the past three years, but can be a rotation fill-in for a Dodgers team that is down a couple of starters and has a lot of familiarity with the NL West due to his time in San Diego.

Thomas is a marginal reliever — meaning that he was on the margins of the Braves’ bullpen plans, not that he sucks or anything — who has had good strikeout rates in seven minor league seasons.

My favorite part of this is Juan Jaime. Not because he’s all that special — he’s been unimpressive in short stints in the bigs and seems to profile more like organizational depth —  but because he was originally signed by the Expos back in 2004. And he’s only 27. It’s weird that a 27-year-old could have ties to the Expos, but he was an international signee and they sign young. Also, 2004 only seems like ancient history.

So, at the end of the day, not too much of significance. For Atlanta, a third baseman who can share time with or maybe supplant Chris Johnson and provide some good mojo and defense in Juan Uribe and an upside arm for the pen in 2016. Roster/infield flexibility for the Dodgers, now that Uribe is gone (my guess is that the Dodgers DFA Callaspo at some point) and some pitching depth the Braves probably weren’t going to use all that much anyway.

If you insist on declaring a winner or loser to every trade I suppose it’s fair to say the Braves are better as a result of the trade than the Dodgers are, especially if you value the well-liked and well-respected Uribe’s perceived leadership and character bonuses. But really, this is a trade in which two teams needed different things and got them, not a case where a winner or a loser is either clear-cut or really all that relevant.