I-70 Trade Deadline: Royals Deal First

Amidst rumors of superstar players, minor league prospects and players that may or may not be on the move, it was Kansas City that opened the market for our two I-70 baseball clubs.

The Royals have agreed to send Alberto Callaspo to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for Sean O’Sullivan and Will Smith, both pitchers.

Callaspo has played third base primarily this season for the Royals though in 2009, he patrolled the second base position at Kauffman Stadium. Callaspo is a lifetime .275 hitter over 4+ seasons, while hitting .275 with 8 home runs and 43 runs batted in in 2010. Callaspo began his career being signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Angels in 2001 before being traded prior to the 2006 season to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks would then trade him to the Royals in December of 2007 where he would play for two and a half years up until now.

Sean O’Sullivan joins the Royals bullpen in only his second year in the major leagues. In 2009, O’Sullivan arrived in Los Angeles as a right handed starter, throwing in 12 games and starting 10 of them. With a 5.92 earned run average and a four win, two loss record, he was shifted to the bullpen this season, where he has found some success. He has appeared in five games, starting one, and posted one win, no losses and a 2.08 earned run average. He projects to start for the Royals on Sunday in New York. His only start this season was this past Tuesday, as he beat the Yankees in New York pitching six innings and giving up two runs.

Will Smith was drafted by the Angels in the seventh round of the 2008 Amateur Draft. Finding his way through the system quickly, Smith has played for three levels of the minor league system for the Angels this season. The lefty amassed a collective record of five wins, eight losses, a 5.53 earned run average, striking out 79, walking 42 all over 109 innings pitched. A 1.615 WHIP suggests that he is not quite ready to join the Royals, but he is an intriguing prospect that could be on the team as they break camp in 2011.

Stay tuned to I-70 Baseball as we try and stay on top of the moves the Cardinals and Royals make going into the non-waiver trade deadline.

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