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.