Second baseman Gordon Beckham is a bust. There is no way around the fact. Chicago White Sox fans have been waiting for the 27-year-old to become an all-around powerhouse, but it has never happened. Every offseason, the discussion around Beckham was that this would be his breakout season. Various narratives backed up that claim. From a fresh approach at the plate to a better understanding of himself, endless story lines have indicated that Beckham would finally get over the hump. Every year, however, Beckham has disappointed.
While Beckham has continued to fall short of expectations; he has continued to be labeled as the No. 1 second baseman on the depth chart. There has never been a viable option to take over for Beckham or at least put pressure on him to succeed. Due to this point, Beckham has still been given ample playing time despite his .248 career average and .313 on-base percentage. Sure, Beckham has developed into a Gold Glove contender out in the field, but that does not make up for his lack of production at the plate.
Maybe it was the incredible amount of hype Beckham received from the beginning of his career that has led to his lack of consistency. Maybe it has been the numerous injuries that he has sustained throughout his career. Either way, it is time to finally trade the former first-round pick.
What makes this year different than past years? For the first time since 2009, the Sox have options at the second. Marcus Semien has shown that despite his high strikeout rate, he can handle himself at the plate. While Semien needs to continue to develop from a discipline standpoint, his defensive versatility also allows the Sox to consider getting rid of Beckham.
At second base, Semien has held his own, flashing his range at times. With another defensive wizard in Leury Garcia penciled in at times at second, Semien has displayed good hands at third base as well. Along with Semien and Garcia, the organization also has speedster Micah Johnson, who has been tearing it up in the minors hitting .354 with an on-base percentage of .446.
While the possible replacements for Beckham are not at elite status quite yet, they have shown that they can make an impact. With teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees in desperate need of a viable second base upgrade, the Sox can acquire a decent prospect package for Beckham. Unlike the Sox, those teams are willing to run Beckham out there everyday because he is their best option. The Sox, on the other hand, have younger choices who are a huge part of their rebuilding plans.
Beckham has overstayed his welcome in Chicago. His time on the Southside should be over. The Sox must move on in their pursuit of finding their second baseman of the future.