Everywhere you look you will read fun little comments about the Chicago White Sox being glad to be rid of Gordon Beckham. At least a great deal of the fan base feels that way after his .221/.263/.336 slash line this season. That is perfectly fine for them, but Los Angeles Angels fans should be very glad that their team has traded for Beckham to add depth in the infield.
Every team needs infield depth at this time of the season, but the Angels need it more than anyone. They only have a couple of days off for the rest of the way. Adding Beckham, who can play every infield position as well as platoon at the designated hitter spot now and then if they choose, is a very good move.
Considering the fact that they will also be in a dogfight with the Oakland Athletics for the rest of the way, getting some rest for anyone in the infield will be a very good thing. In all honesty, you can forget the slash line for Beckham this year. The Angels do not need him to fill an everyday role or be an All-Star second baseman for any stretch of time. They only need a body in there now and then to spell their starters.
This is one of those really good moves that will only cost the Angels a little bit in return to the White Sox and it could give them that little boost of extra help, or even extra rest, they need for the rest of the season. Either way you look at it, this is a great move that makes a ton of sense for the Angels. They will be better suited to be ready for the MLB postseason because of it.