Any hope of Gordon Beckham, the eighth overall pick in 2008, developing into an MLB regular is long gone. Now, it's just a question of whether he will get another opportunity in the big leagues beyond a September callup. Beckham toiled at Triple-A for most of his age-30 season, only joining Seattle for the final month, logging 18 plate appearances. His numbers at Triple-A left a lot to be desired, as he walked at just a 5.6 percent clip while slugging below .400, resulting in an 81 wRC+. He decided to return to the Mariners on another minor-league deal and will likely spend the majority of his time on the farm once again.
Beckham was released by the Mariners on Friday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Beckham will have a chance to pursue other opportunities after having a solid showing for Seattle this spring. The 31-year-old was signed to a minor-league deal this winter, but fell just shy of making the Opening Day roster as a utility man due to the similar skill sets of Andrew Romine and Taylor Motter. Beckham will likely return to the minors if and when he latches on with a different organization.
Beckham agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners on Monday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. The former top prospect continues to prolong his pro baseball career, although at this point he is very unlikely to ever regain a significant role on a big-league club. Last year he hit .262/.313/.393 with nine home runs in 83 games with Triple-A Tacoma. He figures to once again serve as organizational infield depth for the Mariners.
Beckham went 2-for-4 with a run in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Athletics. The veteran drew his first start since having his contract purchased from Triple-A Tacoma on Sept. 2 and logged his first pair of hits in 2017 at the big-league level in the process. Beckham spent his season in the minors, hitting .262 with nine home runs and 45 RBI over 355 plate appearances. He may be in line for some starts during the Mariners' remaining games.
Beckham's contract was selected from Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. The 30-year-old journeyman hit .262/.313/.393 with nine home runs in 355 plate appearances, so he didn't necessarily set the Pacific Coast League on fire. Look for him to occupy a bench role in September.
The Mariners signed Beckham to a minor-league deal Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The second baseman was granted his release by the Giants last week after putting up a weak spring line (.194/.268/.250 in 36 at-bats). Beckham will serve as organizational infield depth and could see major-league time later in the season.