Callaspo, Braves finalize 1-year deal

Updated: December 15, 2014, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Infielder Alberto Callaspo and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a one-year contract.

The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Monday.

The 31-year-old Callaspo should provide versatility in the infield. He played second base, first base and third base this year for Oakland.

Callaspo and Phil Gosselin could compete for the starting job at second base with top prospect Jose Peraza. Atlanta traded second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino last month.

Callaspo also could play behind Chris Johnson at third base.

Callaspo hit .223 this season, well below his .267 career average. A year earlier, he batted .258 with 10 homers for the Athletics and Angels.

To make room for Callaspo on the roster, Atlanta designated right-hander Anthony Varvaro for assignment.


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