Beckham, who could have become a free agent after being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma last Friday, elected to stay with the Mariners organization and reported to the Rainiers on Sunday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Beckham's 976 career MLB games afforded him the opportunity to become a free agent upon being optioned, but the veteran opted to stay put. The 31-year-old has logged a total of 23 appearances at the big-league level with the Mariners over the last season-plus, but he's been more effective in Triple-A over that span. After generating a solid .262/.313/.393 line over 355 plate appearances with Tacoma in 2017, Beckham is slashing an even more impressive .298/.407/.489 over 118 minor-league plate appearances this season.
Beckham was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. Beckham was sent back to the minors in order to clear a spot on the roster for Dee Gordon (toe), who was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move. This isn't all too surprising, as Beckham hit just .206/.270/.235 across 12 games with the Mariners while filling in for Gordon. He'll report back to the Rainiers where he'll continue to serve as organizational depth.
Beckham will start at second base and bat eighth Sunday against the Twins, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Beckham has started three of the previous five games at the keystone after Dee Gordon's brief run as the everyday option at that position ended earlier this week when Gordon hit the 10-day disabled list with a fractured toe. Gordon has since resumed infield work and is hopeful to return from the DL when first eligible Thursday, so Beckham wouldn't seem to have much long-term security in his full-time role in the infield.
Beckham went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in an extra-innings win over the Rangers on Tuesday. The veteran infielder drew a second straight start at the keystone in the wake of Robinson Cano's finger injury and 80-game suspension. Beckham has been enjoying a strong season at the plate at Triple-A Tacoma, and Tuesday's hits were his first at the big-league level in 2018 after he'd gone 0-for-4 in his debut Monday.
Beckham is starting at second base and hitting ninth Monday against the Twins, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Beckham, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Monday's game, will be afforded the first opportunity to fill in for the injured Robinson Cano (finger) at the keystone. The 31-year-old owns a lackluster .239/.303/.369 career slash line across 964 big-league games, so expectations should be kept in check even if he does settle in as the Mariners' primary second baseman in Cano's absence.