The Chicago White Sox went through a miserable 2013 season that finally came to an end on Sunday. In fact, miserable is probably putting it lightly. They’ll head into an offseason where the only certainty is the fact that Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter next April (if he’s not traded).
Nonetheless, there have been some positives throughout the year, even outside of the performance of Sale, who is a Cy Young candidate. Perhaps the lowest profile among the positives was the play of Gordon Beckham, who re-emerged as an impact player for the White Sox.
Beckham never realized his billing as top prospect, but he managed to rebound this year. After a couple of miserable seasons, that saw his average dip down around .230 and his performance in the field take a hit as well, he was able to put it back together after recovering from injury early on in the year.
At this point, it’s pretty clear that Beckham is never going to be a star. But he’s a solid player that every team could use. He posted a solid season at the plate, finishing with a .266 average and a .320 on-base percentage. His defensive WAR wasn’t overly impressive, but it was improved coming off of a season in which it fell into the negative.
Whether or not Beckham remains with the White Sox long enough for him to be around when they turn it around remains to be seen. A contending team could look at him as an asset and try to make a move for him. With the organization in the current state that they’re in, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to explore such a scenario.
At the very least, this can be looked at as a turnaround season for Beckham. He’s not a star, but he’s an asset for the White Sox, or whatever club he may end up with within the next several months.