The Chicago White Sox are looking at their roster and trying to determine who they are comfortable with trading for prospects and who is still untouchable.
It’s a hard beat to read as Chicago has assets that can help contenders but might not want to give them up. That’s where teams like the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles come into play with offers to convince Chicago that certain players need to be traded.
According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Yankees and Orioles could end up duking it out over who gets to acquire Gordon Beckham from the White Sox.
He has failed to live up to earlier promise (the White Sox held him out of potential big trades at one point) so it should be time to move on. He’s having a solid season with an OPS+ of 102 that’s second only to his rookie season (106), but still short of stardom. Fits the Yanks.
Both teams seem to be a fit for Beckham but that’s assuming the White Sox are ready to move him. He’s been struggling to become the star Chicago needs him to be but he’s still a valuable piece of the team who may still find it in him to be the leader he was supposed to be.
He’s not a terrible player for Chicago, but if the South Siders are serious about getting young prospects to groom for the future then shipping off Beckham is a great way to accumulate those assets.