The Atlanta Braves have traded Alberto Callaspo to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Juan Uribe as part of a six-player deal, according to a FOX Sports report. The deal was officially announced on Wednesday afternoon.
The trade—which first leaked early Tuesday and was reportedly called off later that afternoon—sends Callaspo, pitchers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor leaguer Juan Jaime from the Braves to the Dodgers. In exchange, Atlanta received Uribe and reliever Chris Withrow, who is currently on the disabled list after undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. After the trade was made official, the Dodgers announced that they were designating Stults for assignment and sending Thomas to Triple A Oklahoma City.
Earlier on Tuesday, contradictory reports had surfaced that Callaspo had vetoed a trade to Los Angeles. As a free agent who signed with the Braves last offseason, Callaspo had the right to waive any trade before June 15.
Sources: Callaspo rejected trade. Had right under CBA to say no to any deal before June 15 as a free agent who signed last off-season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 26, 2015
But by Tuesday night, reports surfaced that Callaspo had forfeited his right to veto the trade in the first place, and that the deal was complete pending approval from the commissioner's office.
Callaspo, 32, hit .208 with one home run and eight RBIs in 37 games with Atlanta this season. Uribe is a 36-year-old infielder in his 15th season in the major leagues and hit .247 with one home run and six RBIs for Los Angeles over 29 games in 2015. The 35-year-old Stults made eight starts for the Braves this year, throwing 47 2/3 innings with a 5.85 ERA, while the lefthanded Thomas, 28, appeared in just five games for Atlanta, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
- Will Green