Angels Acquire Gordon Beckham

6:01pm: The Angels initially claimed Beckham off waivers, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com (on Twitter).

5:07pm: Kay clarifies that the Angels will send a PTBNL or cash considerations to the White Sox in exchange for Beckham, not both, as he initially announced (Twitter link).

4:35pm: Angels director of communications Eric Kay announced today that the team has acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations (Twitter link). The Angels can clear a 40-man roster spot for Beckham by placing the injured Garrett Richards on the 60-day disabled list. The team announced earlier today that Richards is out six to nine months due a torn patellar tendon in his left knee that will require surgery.

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Beckham, 27, has struggled this season with the White Sox, hitting just .221/.263/.336 in 390 plate appearances. The former No. 8 overall draft pick hasn’t panned out the way the White Sox hoped back in 2008 as he is a lifetime .244/.306/.374 batter despite playing the majority of his games in the very hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field.

Park-adjusted metrics such as OPS+ (83) and wRC+ (82) suggest that Beckham has been about 17 to 18 percent worse than a league-average hitter over the course of his career, although the offensive bar for a middle infielder is considerably lower than that of a corner infielder/outfielder. While he’s hit lefties at a .309/.349/.454 clip in a small sample this season, his career split — .245/.313/.375 — is pretty even with his career mark against right-handed pitching.

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. Beckham has played primarily second base for the Pale Hose in his career, but he broke into the Majors primarily as a third baseman back in 2009 and was initially drafted as a shortstop out of the University of Georgia. 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 Angels will have control of Beckham through the 2015 season if they wish, as he is arbitration eligible for the final time this offseason. Beckham’s agents at Relativity Sports avoided arbitration with the White Sox by securing a one-year, $4.18MM contract this winter. He is owed roughly $913K of that figure from now through season’s end. Despite the down performance in 2014, Beckham will be in line for a slight raise, making him a non-tender candidate following the season.

That Gordon reached the Angels means he either cleared waivers earlier this month or went unclaimed by every other team in the American League, as Anaheim currently possesses the best record in the Majors.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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107 Comments on "Angels Acquire Gordon Beckham"


Daniel Rajan
11 months 14 days ago

Can he pitch like an ace? Lol.

connfyoozed .
11 months 14 days ago

His best pitch is probably a curveball. After all, no one can Bend it like Beckham

dthcm
11 months 14 days ago

Close the thread, after this it’s all downhill

Expos '94 World Champs
11 months 14 days ago

You win the Internet for today.

mattfromchicago
11 months 14 days ago

Can’t be any worse than his hitting

Tko11
11 months 14 days ago

I don’t think so but he can hit .222 with a horrible OBP

GetToTheChoppa
11 months 14 days ago

Definitely Garrett Richards replacement.

MikeTroutForMayor
11 months 14 days ago

Can he pitch jokes aside. Why?

Chioakcisco
11 months 14 days ago

Out of all the teams in the AL West I expected to acquire a 2B, this is not who I was thinking of.

SanFranPanda
11 months 14 days ago

Might as well have been a straight waiver claim. I’d take Kendrick or Aybar over Beckham any day.

abes_seed
11 months 14 days ago

Beckham will replace McDonald after he is DFA’d

Melvin McMurf
11 months 14 days ago

you mean he will DFA’d as well

N1120A
11 months 13 days ago

I’m thinking he’s more targeted at David Freese

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

The Angels do know that Gordon Beckham can’t pitch, right?

Daniel Rajan
11 months 14 days ago

The more I think I about this trade the more I come to the conclusion that this trade was most likely discussed well before Richard’s injury last night. The timing of the announcement just happened to be after the injury.

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

Oh, I’m sure you’re right. Generally things like this don’t happen the morning of. I am surprised the Angels went for a bench bat as opposed to a pitcher, though. They should get Bartolo Colon just to spite us. They lost Skaggs and Richards in the last week and we lost Jarrod Parker/AJ Griffin during Spring Training.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

I’m not totally surprised myself. They do have John McDonald on their bench but despite his wizardry with the glove, his hitting is far far worse than Beckham’s. Believe it or not, Beckham is a big upgrade over McDonald overall. Plus, they have club control over Beckham through next season, which means in addition to Green, Navarro, Cowgill, etc., their bench is already locked up for next season. Another hybrid add help now and for the future move by Jerry Dipoto.

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

Oh yeah. I would definitely take Beckham over McDonald. He’s been around forever because of his glove because he’s never been that great with the stick

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

I finally looked at Beckham’s player page. I forgot he actually has power. 16 HR’s in 151 games in 2012, and 7 this season in 101 games. So that adds to it. I think that will go a long way as well. Plus if anyone can right the ship with Beckham at the plate it’s probably Don Baylor. I would even bet that if the A’s got him instead that Chili Davis could do the same.

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

True and like I told someone below, I would have welcomed him but it wouldn’t make much since because he’s pretty similar to Alberto Callaspo.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

That comparison makes even more sense out of the deal since Callaspo was once an Angel and exactly what the Angels tend to go for when it comes to bench depth.

Colin Christopher
11 months 14 days ago

7 HRs in 101 games from a guy who plays his home games at the Cell isn’t really indicative of someone with power, is it? I mean, that puts him on a pace for 10 homers. Have major league hitters regressed that far since I went to bed last night?

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

You still have to have pop in your bat for it to be possible for those numbers to inflate in the first place. When weaker bats go to home ballparks and turn them into 20-30 HR bats, it often has a lot more to do with the era (lack of pitching), as it did during the steroid era. Granted, he hit more HR’s at the Cell. Not surprised there. But still has to have the pop to reach those numbers any way.

Willie Cicci
11 months 14 days ago

Cell power is warning track power at most other parks. besides he’s not going take enough of kendricks playing time for this to make sense. A once a week bench player hmmmm.?

RyanWKrol
11 months 13 days ago

Again…

Friar Tuck
11 months 11 days ago

I still remember, at least, Chili in the old’ Angels’ colors….Was Baylor a player for the halos?

N1120A
11 months 2 days ago

Baylor won his MVP as an Angel

Dave W.
11 months 14 days ago

Clearly this was seen as a better option than McDonald, who has a nice glove, but can’t hit. They will cut McDonald, and likely non-tender Beckham after the season.

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

Yeah I assume DFA for McDonald??

Joe Valenti
11 months 5 days ago

But do you want a $5M bench guy?

hossmandu
11 months 14 days ago

I’d say you’re right. Dipoto said yesterday on the radio, pre-Richards injury, that he was looking to add a utility guy.

Justin
11 months 14 days ago

Honestly though , that’s very little to give up to acquire a once top prospect , there is no real downside to this deal.

mikecws91
11 months 14 days ago

Except now the Angels have Gordon Beckham, of the sub-.600 OPS, taking up a roster spot. White Sox fans rejoice!

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

It’s only because he hasn’t hit at all this year. Angels got a good potential “buy-low” here in my opinion. He was decent last year…hit about .270. That’s great for a bench bat

Justin
11 months 14 days ago

I agree , worse case scenario they gave up very little for a bench bat that can actually contribute. Plenty of guys have had off years.

D.j. Wilson
11 months 14 days ago

Let’s put it this way: If we didn’t already have Callaspo, I would have welcomed Beckham here in Oakland.

someguy
11 months 14 days ago

Unfortunately, Gordon’s off year has been going since 2010.

Tko11
11 months 14 days ago

Hes like a .244 career hitter with a horrible OBP, enjoy…

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Major upgrade over John McDonald.

Jay Cal
11 months 14 days ago

Pretty sure this move is in preparation for a Howie Kendrick or Grant Green package for a starting pitcher.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Only problem is Green is on rehab assignment. But is due back very shortly. He’s pretty much recovered from his injury. They could also flip Beckham in a package, but his value is the lowest of the three.

Dave W.
11 months 14 days ago

I wouldn’t like to see Kendrick dealt. Sad as it may be, he’s their #5 hitter, and occasionally their clean-up hitter! He also appears to be a major clubhouse influence and team leader.

N1120A
11 months 13 days ago

He’s also an above-average defensive player.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Huh? What’s up with this? Are they dealing one of Aybar or Kendrick for a Cole Hamels? Or is this just a way of ensuring depth and maintaining overall win value in other places to counter the loss of Richards?

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 14 days ago

Cole Hamels didn’t even clear waivers

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Assuming that’s even true. We’re technically not even supposed to know that information.

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 14 days ago

What are you talking about it was reported on this very site that the Cubs put in a claim on Hamels

JacksTigers
11 months 14 days ago

Cubs were awarded the claim. No trade happened. Your wishful thinking doesn’t overshadow facts.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

What wishful thinking? This site is called MLB Trade “Rumors”. Unless it’s a transaction or event that can be confirmed by everyone on the planet, you can’t believe every single thing you read on the internet. Even on this site.

JacksTigers
11 months 14 days ago

It was reported by multiple reputable sources. Not sure what you mean by “confirmed by everyone on the planet.” I could ask almost anyone that doesn’t follow baseball and they wouldn’t be able to confirm trades that already happened. And while it’s called MLB Trade “Rumors,” your logic would allow for anybody to say anything with nothing to back it up. This site would not be what it is today if you can spin everything by saying “this is a rumor site.”

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Whatever you say. Believe everything you read on the internet. That’s your choice.

Regardless, I confirmed it on my own. The Cubs did claim Hamels. And the Phillies can put him back on waivers a second time. And whoever claims him can take him without negotiating a trade. So the Cubs putting a claim on him doesn’t stop that process. The question then is whether or not the Phillies want to put him on waivers a second time.

JacksTigers
11 months 14 days ago

You just confirmed it on your own? Without reading anything on the internet? Am I actually supposed to believe that?

Rally Weimaraner
11 months 14 days ago

Can he pitch?

mikecws91
11 months 14 days ago

This is addition by subtraction for the Sox. They have a slew of 2Bs in the high minors who could hit better than Beckham with their eyes closed.

coldgoldenfalstaff
11 months 14 days ago

Don’t stop now Hahn, dump Viciedo and Dunn too.

هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل
11 months 14 days ago

For some 5 hour energy for Jose Abreu

هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل
11 months 14 days ago

Shouldnt they be looking to add to their mediocre rotation?

Jose Ochoa
11 months 14 days ago

Same rotation that got them the best record in baseball before Richards injury and shoemaker is dealing tonight!!!!

Jay
11 months 14 days ago

Thanks Angels for taking this bust off our hands. Great defensive player, but one of the worst hitters in all of baseball! Great day for a White Sox fan.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

And with Don Baylor, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and of course Mike Scioscia in the house, all to help guide him on a winning team, he could very well turns things at the plate.

Light_tower_power
11 months 14 days ago

Hahahaha you are kidding yourself…with the amount of at bats he has at in the big leagues this isn’t a likely change of scenery candidate

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

That doesn’t mean anything. I played and watched this game long enough to know that any player can turn a new leaf at any time. It’s just a matter of getting over that mental barrier dealing with change. Great example is Dwight Evans. Very little plate discipline early in his career. Improved over time. Became a walks and on-base machine at about age 30 through the rest of his career. Pitching example is Dave Stewart. Had a ton of promise coming up with the Dodgers. Was dealt. Bounced around because he couldn’t capture that potential. Ran into Dave Duncan when dealt to the A’s. At exactly age 30, he transformed into one of the most intimidating aces of his generation. It can happen to any player.

andrey
11 months 13 days ago

Add Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Davis as recent examples of failed prospects who changed teams and became great hitters.

RyanWKrol
11 months 13 days ago

Exactly. Sometimes a prospect can grow up in an organization they’re not entirely comfortable with. Just as if they were traded to a team they’re not the greatest fit for and don’t succeed. Flipping that around, I remember when the Angels signed Kelvim Escobar, I was like “meh”. Big deal. He’ll give them some innings but I wasn’t expecting much. Although he was a versatile option because he had a lot of closing experience by then. Like a right handed Hector Santiago right now. But Escobar suddenly transformed into a frontline starter. Proof that anything can happen for a player in the right situation. And the Angels are a perfect landing spot for a player like Beckham considering their knack for maximizing value out of the Brendan Donnellys and the Colin Cowgills.

abes_seed
11 months 14 days ago

He is a huge step up from John McDonald and his .140 Batting Average

authenhausen
11 months 14 days ago

I have been waiting for this to happen, the White Sox actually have some infield depth better than beckham on the farm, and it will be nice for the auditions to start now, rather than at the Camelback

Christopher Grubb
11 months 14 days ago

We have zero need for Beckham.. maybe they are setting up for a SP trade. Would be very sad to see Howie go.

هذا الرجل رهيبة الكبير خليل
11 months 14 days ago

Would probably have to be him, not a good farm system

soxfan123123
11 months 14 days ago

Of course Micah Johnson gets shutdown for the year. Who gets called up Semien and or Sanchez?

BaseballBeisbol
11 months 14 days ago

Makes sense for the sox. They have 2 guys in the minors in Micah Johnson and Marcus Semien that probably would have led to Beckham being a non-tender candidate in the offseason.

Jerry Mandering
11 months 14 days ago

Don’t forget about Carlos Sanchez.

BaseballBeisbol
11 months 14 days ago

Wow he’s really picked it up. I looked about two months ago and he was struggling pretty bad.

Ralph Esposito
11 months 14 days ago

Carlos Sanchez was pulled from his game at Charlotte. He is supposedly on his way to meet the Sox in New York. Marcus Semien who started at short for Charlotte will join the team in September. Sad that next years starter Micah Johnson was shut down to injury. I would have loved to see him up now. He’s going to be a stud player.

Jerry Mandering
11 months 14 days ago

Alright Dunn, Viciedo, you’re next.

soxfan123123
11 months 14 days ago

Viciedo is 25 and controlled till 2019 i believe. Why trade him when his value is the lowest?

Jerry Mandering
11 months 14 days ago

Because I’m sick of waiting for something that’s probably never going to come. He’s a liability in the field and he’s not a good enough hitter to be a regular DH. If anything, they’ve been too patient. If he showed any semblance of improvement, I might agree with you, but right now, he’s just taking up space. Let someone else take the gamble.

mikecws91
11 months 14 days ago

2017.

Ralph Esposito
11 months 14 days ago

I believe De Aza will go before Dayan does. I want to see Andy Wilkins, Jared Mitchell and Matt Davidson get some major league at bats this year. We have to move or sit De Aza and Dunn.

BaseballBeisbol
11 months 14 days ago

I have a feeling they resign Dunn in the offseason. There is not a viable left handed power bat in free agency next year and they won’t need to make a long term commitment to keep him.

Jerry Mandering
11 months 14 days ago

I think Andy Wilkins has the potential to mimmick Dunn’s production. He certainly has the power. I don’t hate Dunn like so many others, but I’m ready for something new.

soxfan123123
11 months 14 days ago

Since we are already doing business, why not take Danks off our hands? You could have him for free.

11 months 14 days ago

Free would have to mean that the Sox pay his salary as well.

Ralph Esposito
11 months 14 days ago

No. Free means you do not have to trade anybody for him. I can give you a car for free. It doesn’t mean I will be filling up the gas tank for you forever.

JTGleason
11 months 14 days ago

$900K for a poor hitting, defensive specialist UT sounds like a joke…. Until you see our current poor hitting, defensive specialist UT. Beckham’s batting about 100 points higher then John McDonald so don’t knock it.

This may be a precursor to a starting pitching deal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if its a stand alone trade. The Angels picked up Ryan Wheeler, and plopped him into Salt Lake. Dipoto may be collecting infielders as replacements for off season trades of Kendrick, Aybar, Freese, or just as disaster replacements for injuries.

RyanWKrol
11 months 14 days ago

Just saw that Wheeler is hitting .344 at Salt Lake. Amazing the numbers that get inflated there. The Bees alone average over 6 runs a game, and are under .500.

Bryan
11 months 14 days ago

Or Grant Green is being traded for a pitcher