Chicago White Sox Deep Thinking: Move Gordon Beckham Over to Shortstop?
At this point, the Chicago White Sox and their fans are wondering what the heck happened to this team?
In 2012 Chicago was competitive up until the last week of the season, but now the Sox are dead last in the AL Central with an embarrassing 37-55 record heading into the All-Star break. Given the teams recent lack of success, the White Sox must get creative and Gordon Beckham is the team’s most flexible asset.
After getting drafted into the majors as an All-American shortstop in 2008, Beckham has only played two professional games at short in his career and spent his rookie campaign at third base instead. However, the Sox then moved the near AL Rookie of Year to second base to make room for recently acquired and total bust Mark Teahen at third — that might be the worst move in the last decade for this Chicago baseball club.
Either way, Beckham is versatile, so when the team looks to shake things up his name naturally pops up.
Here’s where it gets a little far-fetched, which means you’re going to have to bear with me.
Chicago is in dire need of a spark, something huge, something crazy — right? If you answered yes then you should agree that the Sox would benefit from spending big on a top-notch MLB free agent like Robinson Cano or even Chase Utley this winter. Aside from the White Sox rather low revenue and dreadful attendance — the Sox currently rank 14/15 AL teams in attendance — the only problem here is the fact that Beckham is at second base.
Trying to garner some magic from his collegiate career and rookie season, why not move the ex-Georgia Bulldogs star back to the left side of the infield? Alexei Ramirez doesn’t have the power that he once showed and only has one home run this season. Unfortunately, the Sox are on the hook with Ramirez until 2016 when the franchise can buy him out for $1 million.
Reeling in a big fish like Cano or Utley would require some wheeling and dealing, but what do the White Sox have to lose at this point? Nothing.
So, don’t count them out on making a large splash this offseason and thus moving Beckham around the infield once again.