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White Sox offered Gordon Beckham in runner-up bid for Adrian Gonzalez

Dec 6, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

Gordon Beckham

Prior to trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox the Padres were said to be fielding offers from several other teams, and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox finished runner-up with their offer.

According to Nightengale they were willing to trade “Gordon Beckham and prospects” for Gonzalez, but the Padres preferred the Red Sox’s all-prospect offer featuring Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes.

It’s tough to really judge Chicago’s offer without knowing the “and prospects” part, but it’s interesting just to note that the White Sox are willing to deal Beckham after previously making him semi-untouchable in blockbuster talks. His disappointing season no doubt caused his stock to decline in everyone’s eyes, but he’s still a 24-year-old former No. 8 overall pick who seemingly everyone was in love with this time last year.

So far he’s hit .260 with a .331 on-base percentage and .416 slugging percentage in 234 career games.

  1. George - Dec 6, 2010 at 4:57 PM

    Mmm… bacon.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    It makes perfect sense, the Padres didn’t want to get someone who’d be burning through arbitration during the rebuilding process and then bolt for big money elsewhere as soon as the rest of the system is ready to compete.

  3. handsfour - Dec 7, 2010 at 2:25 AM

    They wanted Gonzalez in addition to Dunn and Konerko? Where they put them all? I guess Konerko would be cut loose in that scenario, being several years older than Gonzalez.

  4. homelanddefense - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    it makes sense that they wouldnt want him, they didnt want Elsbury from the Red Sox either because we would be getting raises in arbitration….

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