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White Sox could make Gordon Beckham available in a trade

Apr 25, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

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On Thursday morning, the White Sox activated Gordon Beckham from the disabled list following a bout with an oblique strain. Manager Robin Ventura assured Beckham that he would resume his role as the club’s starting second baseman, but the White Sox have a bit of a playing time problem on their hands.

Marcus Semien filled in admirably for Beckham. While he wasn’t a world-beater with the bat, he had some timely hits — including a go-ahead grand slam against the Tigers on Wednesday — and played plus defense. The White Sox also have used Leury Garcia a few times at second base and he posted a .708 OPS in the opportunities he was given.

With Beckham earning $4.175 million this season with one more year of arbitration eligibility left, Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago writes that the club could explore a trade.

The White Sox are flush with second-base prospects, with Semien merely being at the head of that pack. Leury Garcia has the ability to play there, as does Carlos Sanchez at Triple-A and Micah Johnson, who is proving to be one of the top prospects in the entire organization with his production, at Double-A.

Beckham has one more year of arbitration eligibility, but the White Sox are obviously in position to go a different route. If Beckham is productive over the next three months, he would become a valuable trade asset by the July 31 deadline for non-waiver deals.

Beckham, 27, was hyped as a prospect going into the 2009 season. But in nearly 2,500 career plate appearances in the big leagues, he has posted a meager .693 OPS. He is entering his sixth season and has posted a sub-.700 OPS in each of the last four seasons.

  1. jerze2387 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    As a sox fan, i support trading beckham. hes been an under-achiever for a while (to me, the 2B version of Brian Anderson).

    And this semien kid seems pretty decent. Somehow he produces without putting up big numbers. Keep him in the lineup

    • jeffbbf - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Ventura said that Beckham wouldn’t lose his job just because of an injury. So how ’bout he loses it because he has been consistently bad over the last 4 years and there are others that would probably do better? We’re not talking Joe Morgan here. And…who is going to trade for a guy who can’t get his OPS over .700, doesn’t steal, and isn’t a great defender? Gordon Beckham = utility infielder. It’s time the Sox figured that out.

  2. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    I too am a Sox fan and I say trade him. He’s never lived up to the hype & is at best a back up bench player. He’s had his chance for years and hasn’t done squat. We’ve stuck with him for too long.

  3. cubfan531 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Beckham might have become a good player, but Kenny Williams’ inability to build and maintain a farm system forced him up far too soon, and while he succeeded early, the past few years have shown the long-term consequences of that.

  4. gothapotamus90210 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Sounds like a potential fit for the Yankees with their situations at 2B and 3B. Maybe he could still even play a bit of SS.

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      What? Play shortstop for the Yankees?

      Why, EVEN of the captain’s days off, the captain still plays short.

      The Yanks only send 8 men out for defense (including the pitcher) and they leave the SS position empty.

      The captain uses his mind to cause all batted balls to move either towards the 3rd basemen, the pitcher or to the 2nd baseman.

      Play shortstop for the Yanks… smh…

  5. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Beckham can’t play SS, he doesn’t have the range. He can’t play third, he doesn’t have the arm. His guy is strictly a second baseman (who can’t hit by the way). White Sox won’t get much for him.

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