White Sox bring back Gordon Beckham

Gordon Beckham is back with the White Sox. The infielder has agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Beckham, the White Sox designated outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

Beckham, 28, was traded to the Angels last August after spending all of his career with Chicago. In 127 games between the two teams last season, he hit .226 with 27 doubles and nine home runs.

“Adding Gordon improves the depth and flexibility of our roster,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement released by the team. “We are thrilled to have him back. Like Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon brings the ability to play solid defense at multiple positions or play on an everyday basis should the need arise. This also gives Robin the ability to play matchups more effectively when setting the lineup.”

Beckham was a first-round pick by the White Sox in the 2008 Draft and made his Major League debut in ’09.

Viciedo hit .231 with 21 homers in 145 games with the White Sox last year.

-Austin Laymance

3 Comments

Signing Gordon Beckham is a great insurance policy for the Sox. It gives the team a lot of flexibility in case Micah Johnson is not doing well at 2B or if they want to put a right handed hitter at 3B. They may even try to play him in the OF if needed.

Don’t mind Beckham being back but why does L. Garcia still have a roster spot? Can’t field. Can’t hit. J. Danks & Vicieido have to have more value to someone even if it’s not the Sox. Is Bonifacio the 4th OF?

Viciedo was a nice presence, but his loss is addition by subtraction. And bringing back the best defensive infielder I’ve ever seen in a White Sox uniform (Beckham) makes us that much stronger. We’ve got a hell of a team this year.

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