Ladies and gentlemen, the Gordon Beckham era is over on the south side of Chicago.
Late Thursday afternoon, Rick Hahn made an August trade for a second consecutive season, dealing the long-time White Sox second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later and/or cash. There have been reports saying both, and some reports saying one or the other, so more definitive details are sure to come soon. Either way, it’s surely a bit of a blow to the ego of Kenny Williams, as Beckham was drafted 8th overall back in 2008.
A Beckham trade was a long time coming, as after a sensational 2009 rookie season where he recorded an .808 OPS, 14 home runs, and looked like the two-hitter of the future, he failed to record a .700 OPS in any year prior. This season, he was having his worst offensive year yet, hitting just .221 with a .598 OPS (both career lows) and a depressing .159 (34-for-214) since June 13.
However, we all know that Beckham was a terrific defender for the White Sox since moving from third base to second base after his rookie year. He and Alexei Ramirez formed one of the top double play tandems in baseball since 2010, and one can argue that Beckham was robbed of a Gold Glove the past two seasons. While the team certainly will be able to replace Beckham’s offensive production, replacing his defensive prowess will not be easy, especially for a team that’s not great defensively to begin with. Beckham was also viewed as a great clubhouse guy and good teammate by basically everyone we’ve ever heard from, so as a fan, I’m personally happy he’s going to a team with a realistic shot to win a World Series this season.
This would most likely have been Micah Johnson‘s time to shine, but he’s been lost for the season with a hamstring injury. For now, the White Sox will almost certainly call-up one of Carlos Sanchez or Marcus Semien to play second base, both of whom are on the 40-man roster and has seen time at the big league level this season. However, active rosters expand to 40 players on September 1, so whoever doesn’t get the nod will be up here in a week and a half. With the White Sox off tonight, the team can technically wait until tomorrow to make a corresponding move.
Details on both Beckham’s compensation and a Sanchez/Semien decision should come over the next 24 hours, so keep it locked in right here at Grab Some Bench for all the information.
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