Beckham went 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs, two RBI and one walk in Wednesday's game against the A's. The Mariners elected to send J.P. Crawford to Triple-A and give Beckham the reins at shortstop to start the season. While Crawford may be the shortstop of the not-so-distant future, Beckham's 2017 season was more impressive than anything Crawford has done in years, so it's possible he holds the job longer than some anticipate. Beckham slotted into the eighth spot in the order.
Beckham appears to be the clear starting shortstop in Seattle after J.P. Crawford was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Crawford could eventually return to claim the role, but Beckham has little competition for now. Dee Gordon can fill in at short but will be needed at second base, while Dylan Moore is likely to play a utility role.
Beckham agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Mariners on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 28-year-old struggled in his first full season with the Orioles last season, producing just a .230/.287/.374 slash line with 12 homers and 35 RBI. Despite the poor showing, Nightengale adds that Beckham is expected to compete with J.P. Crawford for the starting shortstop role. Even if he doesn't start, Beckham has experience at each infield position, which could help him carve out a role as a reserve utility infielder for Seattle.
Beckham wasn't tendered a contract by the Orioles for the 2019 season. The Orioles will move on from Beckham after he posted a .230/.287/.374 slash line with 12 homers and 35 RBI over 96 games a season ago.
Beckham will sit for the second straight game Friday against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Beckham hasn't played the field in a full week but has appeared as a designated hitter three times in the last six games. Jonathan Villar will remain the Orioles' shortstop Friday.
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