For teams that miss on their top choices for infielders in mid-season trades, the Chicago White Sox might have a classic “change of scenery” candidate available. Gordon Beckham is reportedly available in the ‘right deal.’
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 7, 2014
Beckham’s career has been a tease in all of the seasons since his promising rookie campaign all the way back in 2009. He has struggled to keep his on-base percentage above .300, only salvaging the offensive part of his game with flashes of pop in seasons that he delivered double-digit home runs (2011 and 2012). He is just a career .248 hitter with a career .694 OPS.
Beckham has been given a lot of chances to get things on track with the White Sox, largely to no avail. The 2014 season has been much of the same, as Beckham is batting just .248/.302/.395 through 66 games thus far. He might find himself re-energized by a new team, and perhaps the White Sox are hoping that they can find a motivated trade partner that will provide him that opportunity.
The teams in the market for infield help include the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays. Those teams have typically been linked to targets like Daniel Murphy, Chase Headley, and Chase Utley if they think they can shoot for the stars. Beckham might represent an option more like Headley; a capable though unspectacular player who can fill a glaring hole on some team’s roster.