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Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Gordon Beckham will be taking his nifty glove from Chicago to Anaheim. (USATSI)
Gordon Beckham will be taking his nifty glove from Chicago to Anaheim. (USATSI)

The Angels added infield depth on Thursday by acquiring second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox in exchange for cash and a player to be named later.

Beckham, 27, is batting .221/.263/.336 (67 OPS+) in 422 plate appearances this season. The heretofore White Sox lifer owns a career OPS+ of 83. He's generally regarded as a plus defensively.

Beckham, who's in his second year of arbitration eligibility, is under contract for $4.18 million this season. He's eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

The Angels are of course set at second base with the under-appreciated Howie Kendrick. However, Beckham was an exclusive third baseman as a rookie, and he's also made a couple of emergency appearances at short in his career. That is, he's capable of filling a utility role in Anaheim.

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