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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Angels Acquire Gordon Beckham

Can he pitch?

The Angels announced that they have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.

Beckham, 27, has struggled this season with the White Sox, hitting just .221/.263/.336 in 390 plate appearances.. he is a lifetime .244/.306/.374 batter…

Beckham will bring some degree defensive versatility to the Angels, and Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register tweets that he will come off the bench… Defensive metrics such as Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved have pegged Beckham’s glove as roughly average over the past four seasons.

The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 05:50 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: angels, trades, transactions, white sox

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   1. madvillain Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4776656)
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
   2. Shredder Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:12 PM (#4776657)
Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register tweets that he will come off the bench
That's quite a scoop!
   3. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:17 PM (#4776658)
After Konerko is finally euthanized, Tyler Flowers will be the third-longest tenured White Sock.
   4. madvillain Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4776661)
Defensive metrics such as Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved have pegged Beckham’s glove as roughly average over the past four seasons.


Yea, but he has The Will To Win, just ask Hawk Harrelson, all southern white guys do.
   5. A New Leaf Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4776664)
What the hell is this crap?
   6. madvillain Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4776668)
What the hell is this crap?


The Angels have acquired a guy with a -.5 fWAR in hopes of bolstering their playoff and title hopes. They have paid Chicago for the privilege in either cash or a PTBNL. Rick Hahn has just pulled a rabbit out of a hat.
   7. The District Attorney Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4776672)
The Iron Sheik @the_ironsheik

Hello @gordonbeckham your wife ####### Iron Sheik class
   8. A New Leaf Posted: August 21, 2014 at 06:50 PM (#4776674)
Fine.

Why the hell is this crap happening?
   9. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4776681)
Sad. Beckham came up in '09 and was fantastic. Seeing him hit the ball the opposite way with authority was a nice change-of-pace from the Fields' and Borchard's that the Sox were 'good' at producing.

Unfortunately, he's been consistently mediocre since then. He's a useful player if he's not being paid too much or relied upon too heavily, but it's well-past time he and the Sox parted ways.
   10. AROM Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4776692)
Richards out 6-9 months. Are they planning on converting Beckham to the mound?
   11. Batman Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4776695)
Beckham has a full season's worth more MLB experience than any other hitter from his draft. Maybe he would have developed better with more minor league time. He has had easily the best career of any Beckham from that draft though.
   12. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4776698)
Richards goes down and they go get a position player?

Hey, Angels! Colon! Bartolo Colon!
   13. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4776707)
I hope the Mets are interested in trading for Gordon Beckham!
   14. Greg K Posted: August 21, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4776719)
Beckham was one of the guys I thought the Jays may have taken a cheap flier on for 2B in the off-season.

Turns out Steve Tolleson and Munenori Kawasaki were better options.
   15. madvillain Posted: August 21, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4776740)
Beckham has a full season's worth more MLB experience than any other hitter from his draft. Maybe he would have developed better with more minor league time. He has had easily the best career of any Beckham from that draft though.


He's a headcase that has tinkered with his swing to the point of disaster. If you watch his swing right now it's the long, looping swing of a guy you'd think was a big power hitter at a corner. He cannot pull the ball for any authority and his opposite field power has dried up as well.

Really the only thing he brings is relative durability (not much of a plus when it's replacement level production) and solid defense. His defense is not enough to carry him as a regular and IMO it's not enough to carry him as a utility player either.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4776807)

Beckham was one of the guys I thought the Jays may have taken a cheap flier on for 2B in the off-season.


I remember kinda wanting the Royals to get him last summer. He has been pretty bad for awhile it seems.
   17. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: August 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4776838)
I love watching Beckham play defense but not enough to justify a .221/.263/.336 batting line. Robin Ventura added to the frustration by constantly* batting him second.

Marcus Semien should really be the starting 2nd baseman right now but apparently they've called Carlos Sanchez up instead.


*- I think it was constant. It seemed like it was.
   18. Chone Mueller Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4777176)
Does this mean the Angels have given up on Grant Green as a useful backup? The A's found his glove to be a big chunk of teflon. Perhaps the Angles have come to the same conclusion.

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