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Blue Jays expected to explore trade for White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham

Oct 30, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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From beat writers Scott Merkin and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com:

The Blue Jays are in the market for a new second baseman, and one of their early targets appears to be Chicago’s Gordon Beckham.

MLB.com has learned that the Blue Jays have interest in acquiring the White Sox second baseman, which dates back to last offseason, when the possibility of a trade was first explored. The interest has since been renewed with general manager Alex Anthopoulos intent on upgrading the position.

Merkin and Chisholm suspect that the trade talks may grow to include pitchers like John Danks and Hector Santiago. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn both declined comment.

Beckham, the eighth overall pick in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, batted .270/.347/.460 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI during his breakout rookie campaign back in 2009. He has failed to return to that level of production in the seasons since and is the current owner of a weak .249/.314/.380 career slash line, but the 27-year-old is under contractual control through 2015 and has the talent to eventually take a step forward.

  1. mianfr - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    How does AA never even get close to the hot seat?

  2. jlovenotjlo - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    This could be great for the White Sox if they’re able to ship John Danks and his fairly massive contract with Beckham. Leury Garcia and Marcus Semien are both young guys who can potentially fill in for the loss of Beckham on the cheap. The White Sox have enough young pitching depth to take Danks’ bottom of the rotation spot. This would all be great to reload in 2014 and compete again in 2015.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I hope they land him. After the season they had, having a former Spice Girl sitting with the rest of the trophy wives would really help the team hang on to some disillusioned season ticket buyers.

    • esracerx46 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      Gordon…not David

      • Old Gator - Oct 31, 2013 at 3:51 AM

        Well gee thanks for the clarification.

  4. sfp311 - Oct 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Not sure that this would be a good fit for the Blue Jays unless Santiago is included. Beckham has made some strides in his game, but whether he can stay healthy and be an everyday player has yet to be seen. Not sure how Danks would fit in, but getting Santiago would definitely help start a rebuild of the rotation for next year.

  5. nbjays - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I don’t see Beckham being a necessity for the Jays. They have a very good young prospect in Ryan Goins. As usual with AA, this is all nothing more than sports media speculation because the Jays’ front office leaks nothing.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      This story is stale news. There was probably some discussions about Beckham before the trade deadline. Since then, Goins has demonstrated that he can play the position better than Beckham. Beckham is not a dangerous hitter either. This trade idea strikes me as wishful thinking on the part of the writer who covers the White Sox for MLB.com.

      I can see the 2 teams making a trade involving pitchers, but the Jays have no need for Beckham.

      • lamontstanton - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/chicago_white_sox/index.html

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        Do not believe everything you read about potential trades. Most stories never pan out. Trade rumors about the Blue Jays are 95% bogus.

  6. earpaniac - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Beckham is one of those guys who scare me. If the Sox keep him, he will be exactly what he is now. The instant they trade him, he will start hitting like Joe Morgan.

    • lamontstanton - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      No, he is not Joe Morgan, he is a below average second basemen and the Sox would do well to move on. Why people fell in love with Gordon Beckham I have no idea.

  7. slobmykolb - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Oldgator says;

    I hope they land him. After the season they had, having a former Spice Girl sitting with the rest of the trophy wives would really help the team hang on to some disillusioned season ticket buyers.

    BWAAAHHAAAHHAAA! I think you might have this dude confused with David beckham the former soccer star!

    • cshearing - Oct 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      LOLOLOL! I think he knew that and was being sarcastic!

  8. drewzducks - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    If a tree falls in a forest…

  9. coryfor3 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Why? Not enough bad acquisitions in Toronto lately?

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