Tag:Gordon Beckham
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:47 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 9:54 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/8: End of line for Ollie?

BeckhamBy Evan Brunell

3 UP

1. SP Kyle Davies, KC: 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. An impressive outing for Davies, who lowered his spring ERA to 2.57. This from a guy with a career 5.49 ERA, but he's just 27. The Royals could really use a leap ahead by Davies, as the rotation looks downright frightful in what is going to be a very long season for Royals fans as they await the new guard. In the same game, Dontrelle Willis hurled two perfect innings and is shaping up nicely to claim a spot in the Reds' bullpen.

2. CF Chris Young, ARI: 4 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 4 RBI, 1 HR. Young has 30-homer power, but has yet to truly break out into being a star. He doesn't necessarily need to to provide value to the Diamondbacks, especially given his strong defense, but what's holding him back is batting average with a career .241 mark. Even after Tuesday's explosion with a two-run homer, Young's at a .250 batting average. He is what he is at this point in his career, and as long as he keeps boppin' them homers, he'll do just fine.

3. 2B Gordon Beckham, CHW: 4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 RBI. Great day for Beckham, who is now batting .412 on spring training. Beckham got 2010 off to a brutal start before recovering down the stretch, but his season was already ruined statistically. A great sleeper as someone who could break out into a star.

3 DOWN

1. SP Zack Greinke, MIL. The Brewers' new ace will have to wait to make his debut, as bruised and fractured ribs will sideline Greinke for the first couple weeks of the season, if not longer. Milwaukee should be very concerned about its depth, of which it has none to replace Greinke. Manny Parra is a failed starter, and going with Mark Rogers is fraught with risk. By the way, in Tuesday's game, Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee took exception to the Dodgers' Roman Colon fist-pumping after a strikeout. Benches cleared, but no punches were thrown.

2. SP Oliver Perez, NYM: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Perez had two scoreless innings to finish his outing, but that underscores how bad he got the first inning started by allowing the first four batters to reach. This figures to be the end of the line for the experiment doomed to fail with Ollie as starting pitcher. Never fear, Perez fans: the Mets will continue to give lip service toward the lefty making the team as a reliever. 

3. SP Brandon Dickson, STL: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Dickson can't be too pleased with this outing as there's a job up for grabs that he's in the running for: Adam Wainwright's replacement. The righty is battling with several other candidates, but there are no clear-cut ones, so every outing counts, even if people are still working out the kinks this early in the spring training schedule.

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 4:54 pm
 

Beckham may be done for 2010

Gordon Beckham The White Sox may shut down second baseman Gordon Beckham for the season, manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times .

"I don't like the way [Beckham] swings the bat," Guillen said. "Obviously he wants to play, but I've seen this kid swing the bat for a year and a half and I know his hand is not even 80 percent. He's wasting at-bats. He's not 100 percent out there to try to help us, and that's why I shut it down for a couple of days to see how the treatment gets him back. The problem with that is you feel good one day then one swing it comes back again."

Now that the White Sox are out of the playoff race, it makes sense to just shut Beckham down for the rest of the season and let his right hand heal.

It's been an odd season for Beckham, the team's 2008 first-round pick. Beckham struggled for the first half of the season, hitting .216/.277/.304 before the All-Star break. But after the break, he hit .310/.380/.497.

Although Beckham's name was brought up at the trade deadline, general manager Kenny Williams was steadfast in standing by Beckham, who is clearly still very much in the team's plans for the future.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:38 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Beckham says hand is 'OK'

Gordon Beckham First an X-ray tech told Gordon Beckham that he had a broken hand, only to later admit he was "joking." Then Beckham returned, but was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, only to have it re-examined before Tuesday's game.

"It's OK," Beckham said on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago (via the Chicago Tribune ). "Obviously, I haven't taken any swings or anything yet, but it does feel a little better than it did yesterday. I guess it'll just have to be a game-time decision whether I can go or not, but it was pretty bad yesterday."

Apparently the sensation Beckham was feeling in the right hand was from a chain reaction of muscle pain in the hand. He said he'd know more when he got to the ballpark.

"It's funny because it didn't really hurt until I picked up a bat and just holding a bat bothered my hand," he said about Tuesday. "It's one of those things that's really restarting because I want to be in there but I cannot push it."

Beckham is not in Wednesday's lineup, although Paul Konerko did return after missing the last two games with back stiffness.

Beckham struggled for the first half of the season. But since entering June 25 under the Mendoza Line, he's hit .320/.376/.543 with eight home runs and 33 RBI, putting his season line at .255/.319/.386 with nine home runs and 49 RBI. He's shown why the White Sox were so reluctant to give up on him at the trade deadline.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Beckham concerned about right hand

Gordon Beckham Gordon Beckham is frustrated by the aftereffects of being plunked on the right hand August 30, as the hand shows no sign of improving.

Beckham was scratched from Tuesday's game against the Tigers due to the pain worsening, much to Beckham and the team's puzzlement.

"I'm not sure if we'll get it looked at again or not,'' Beckham told the Chicago Sun-Times . "It's interesting because it seems like it hurts in a different place every day. The pain just moves around my hand. It's frustrating because the first thing we looked at said it's not broken. You would think it would be feeling a little bit better. So I don't know."

Beckham originally got four days off to rest the hand immediately after being hit by the pitch, returning Saturday. That rest hasn't been enough, even with ongoing treatment.

Beckham got the 2010 season off to a bad start after turning in an impressive rookie season. Through his first 74 games, he was hitting just .205/.269/.278, baffling many as to his struggles . However, over his last 48 games, he's hitting at a .333/.397/.558 clip as one of the team's better hitters.

So how can the club replace Beckham's production as they chase the Twins for the AL Central Division lead?

"Other guys have to step it up," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "This kid [Beckham] has been playing very good for us. We still have people there who can help us. I don't think it's going to be anything of that magnitude where he'll be out 15 or 20 days. I hope not.''

To replace Beckham, Guillen will play Omar Vizquel at second, with Mark Teahen reclaiming his former starting job at third base. Brent Lillibridge, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo also figure to see increased playing time as Guillen searches for the hot hand to replace his 23-year-old star.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 10:13 am
 

Beckham may not be ready for Twins showdown

Gordon Beckham
The White Sox finally got Gordon Beckham out of his season-long slump a few weeks ago, but the second baseman is now hobbled by a right groin injury.

Beckham had to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore after just one at-bat due to the injury, suffered when diving for a grounder in the second. He stayed in the game until the fifth when he was lifted for a pinch hitter. The 2008 first-rounder isn't sure if he can make it back Tuesday for the opening of a majow showdown against the Twins. Beckham's ChiSox are a mere half-game ahead of the Twins, who have an off-day Monday to rest up while Chicago has to finish its series against the O's.

Beckham will certainly not play Monday as all eyes are on Tuesday.

"We'll try to do a few things [Monday] and see how it feels," Beckham told ChicagoBreakingSports.com.

"I don't think it's that bad," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't know if he was diving for the ball, or it was just a tight groin. We'll go by ears how he feels. ... We don't want to make one little thing get worse."

Beckham is hitting .386/.432/.644 in his last 25 games (95 plate appearances) after getting the season started off to a miserable .205/.269/.278 line in 294 PA. The surging Sox have needed every last bit of Beckham's contributions to stay atop the Central, and will need them starting Tuesday to stay up there.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 29, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Trade deadline profile: Adam Dunn

Leading up to Saturday's trade deadline, the MLB Facts & Rumors team takes a look at the biggest names on the trade block. Wednesday examines one of the best home-run hitters in the game, Washington's Adam Dunn.

Adam Dunn Career stats: .251/.382/.522, 339 HR, 840 RBI
2010 stats : .275/.362/.553, 23 HR, 63 RBI
Contract status: Signed a two-year, $20 million contract prior to the 2009 season with Washington. Making $12 million in 2010 and projects to be a Type-A free agent after season.

Why he's desirable
Adam Dunn can change the game with one swing as one of the most prodigious home-run hitters of the 21st century. Dunn is currently enjoying a renaissance in batting average over the last two years as well (2005-08: .245 batting average, .270 since) which makes him more attractive, although his value remains tied up in walks and home runs. He is an absolute butcher on defense, although has been minimized somewhat by a move from left field to first base.

Dunn would immediately add sock to any lineup trying to make a push for the playoffs and does so at an affordable price. Any team could also offer Dunn arbitration (and be thrilled if he picks it up). If not, they grab two top draft picks to restock their farm system with. It's rare a player comes along like Dunn who fills such a perfect need with a win/win proposition in arbitration.

Why he's available
Simply by virtue of being a free agent on a team going nowhere, Dunn has been bandied about as a trade candidate all year. Reports surfaced earlier that Dunn approached the Nats about a contract extension, but these talks have gone nowhere.

While Dunn would prefer to stay with an up-and-coming team, it seems that Washington isn't prepared to commit a four-year extension to Dunn. Just 30, the odds are that the lefty stays productive for at least a couple more years and probably longer given his "old people" skills, but it's understandable why the Nationals would be sketchy of a four-year deal. A three-year deal might be in the cards, but it's not known if Washington is interested in that scenario as well.

There is no first-base prospect banging on the door, although the Nats may be gearing up for a big financial payout to Prince Fielder or Adrian Gonzalez after 2011.

Who is interested
The fact that Dunn is anti-DH hasn't stopped AL clubs from taking a look at the slugger. The White Sox have been hot to trot after Dunn for a while, at one point reportedly making their entire farm system available for him -- and the Nats weren't biting. You can bet GM Kenny Williams will do everything he can to integrate Dunn into the fold. There is a ready-made DH position for him to get at-bats in a ballpark that is a dream for home-run hitters.

The Yankees have also been linked to Dunn, who would pepper the right-field bleachers like nobody's business. The Rays have also checked into Dunn, who could really use his pop at DH as they scramble to keep pace with the Yankees. The Angels are seeking an upgrade, although the loss of Joel Pineiro for over a month may have adjusted their thinking on a contention window. The Giants are also hot after Dunn and may have a leg up on the competition both due to losing out on Scott Podsednik (although one argues that may be a good thing) and the appeal of being a NL team.

Adam Dunn The problem here is that Dunn is anti-DH. He does not want to DH, and there are questions around just how happy and productive he would be as a DH. Fortunately for Dunn, as an impending free agent, he can control his future after the year. For the next two months, Dunn can just deal with being the DH, and the high probability of playing in October might adjust his thinking -- Dunn's only taste of contention came when he was dealt to Arizona in 2008.

The D-Backs finished two games behind the Dodgers. Back then, Dunn said he truly enjoyed playing meaningful baseball down the stretch, although he then found himself frozen out of the free-agent market and joining a down-and-out team like Washington.

The Rangers, Rockies and Tigers have also been connected to the lefty.

Expected return
Nats GM Mike Rizzo has reportedly attached a high price to Dunn, considering Dunn just as good as Ryan Howard. (And he's not far off the mark when talking just offense.) He proposed swapping Dunn to the White Sox for Gordon Beckham, something the ChiSox rejected out of hand, telling Beckham he would not be traded.

The Nats came back with an offer of Daniel Hudson along with a prospect -- either Jordan Danks, Tyler Flowers or Brent Morel says Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. The Nationals might be able to make the White Sox blink as the trade deadline approaches and make a swap, but it would be a tough pill to swallow. Many in the game believe Rizzo's demands will dwindle the closer the deadline is.

No names have been considered from the Yankees' end, although it wouldn't be a surprise if the Nationals asked for Ivan Nova, a similar quality pitcher to Hudson -- young and breaking into the majors. The Rays likely won't deal Jeremy Hellickson for Dunn, but Jacob McGee is a possibility.

What happens
It would be a disservice to the Nationals' future for Dunn to stay in town. Staying in town has no bearing on any possible contract extension with Washington, in addition to the fact the Nats are going nowhere. The quality of prospects being discussed for Dunn means that, at the very least, Washington should get a solid building block for the future. Washington needs to think of an actual contention window of 2012-2015, and the player acquired for Dunn has a far better chance of having an impact in those years.

The guess is that the White Sox will send Hudson along with a prospect slightly below the tier of Danks/Flowers/Morel for Dunn. Dunn won't be pleased about DHing, but will do his job, try to get Chicago into October, then run back to the NL in the offseason.

More trade deadline targets -- Jorge Cantu (trade profile ) | Scott Downs (trade profile ) | Roy Oswalt (trade profile )

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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