The Chicago White Sox will have to make a decision on what to do with Gordon Beckham.
Beckham has been hitting as of late and his defense has always been extraordinary. Even though Beckham has been hitting well the past couple of weeks, he has never really found the consistency in his offense to produce throughout the entire season. Additionally, the Sox have some young infielders coming up from the minors and they are going to want to give them playing time.
Beckham is 27-years-old and will become a free agent after the 2015 season. The White Sox should trade him right now so they can get something worthwhile in return for him.
The White Sox have infield help in the minors that includes 2013 first-round pick Tim Anderson and infielders Micah Johnson and utility infielder Carlos Sanchez.
The White Sox also have infielder Marcus Semien, who is already up with the big-league club and can play 3B, SS and 2B.
The problem that surrounds Beckham is the fact that he can never become the great offensive hitter that the White Sox were expecting from him.
Beckham has a career batting average of .249 and his highest batting average in a season was his rookie year when hit .270 in 103 games. The most home runs he’s hit in a season is 16, going back to the 2012 season. His career high in RBIs is only 63 and that was back in his rookie year in 2009.
A good amount of Beckham’s career highs were back in 2010 during his rookie year. It’s odd to think about but it seems that he has lost some of his offensive firepower since his debut in 2009.
The White Sox need to determine if getting rid of Beckham is in the best interest of the team. I believe that trading him is the best move for the team because the White Sox have plenty of options at middle infield.
With a trade, the Sox will have Conor Gillaspie playing third and can have Semien permanently move over to second.
The White Sox also have third base prospect Matt Davidson, who they acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Addison Reed trade. Whenever he is called up to the majors, it will give the Sox more depth in the infield and will give them the flexibility to trade someone like Beckham.
At 27 years of age, Gordon Beckham is possibly in the prime of his career. This is where he should take a leap forward and claim himself as one of the better second baseman in the game. He hasn’t been able to take that next step and this is why the White Sox and Beckham should go their separate ways.