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Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox

Aug 21, 2014, 5:42 PM EST

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It doesn’t do anything to address their rotation issues following news that Garrett Richards is out 6-9 months, but the Angels have acquired second baseman/third baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox for a player to be named later.

Beckham had a very promising rookie season as a 22-year-old in 2009, but the former first-round draft pick has hit just .240 with a .658 OPS in 636 games since then while never topping a .700 OPS in a season.

He’ll presumably fill a part-time role with the Angels, who have Howie Kendrick at second base and David Freese at third base.

Chicago was likely to non-tender Beckham this offseason anyway, so they’ll say goodbye early and perhaps clear a lineup spot for prospect Marcus Semien.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    No one can bend it like this guy. What? Really? Oh. Sorry.

  2. chrisernst82 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Im thinking it may be Micah Johnson who gets the call. The kid could be a pretty exciting player.

    • blueeyedsoul327 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Micah Johnson is on the DL for the rest of the season. Hammie, I think

      • chrisernst82 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Didnt know that. Thanks for the heads up. I was looking forward to seeing him in September.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    He did not seem to fetch very much.

  4. jimbroney - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Micah shut down for year.

  5. chitown56 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Thank god he is gone, talking about a guy that should’ve been gone 5 years ago

  6. sportsfanjay - Aug 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Beckham is the guy we all wanted to be the guy. Thought he’d be the gap hitter with occasional power. Never came close to panning out. Defensively, few better. Get ready for some Angel pop ups in the outfield.

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