After only a short departure from the White Sox, Gordon Beckham is back on a one-year, $2 million contract.
The Chicago White Sox announced on Wednesday that they had signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
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The Chicago Tribune reported that Beckham returns to the same White Sox team that drafted him 8th overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. As a rookie in 2009, Beckham recorded 102 hits and 14 home runs with a .270 batting average and a .347 on-base percentage.
Initially drafted as a shortstop out of Georgia, Beckham has been played primarily at third base and second base. After five years with Chicago, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later and cash considerations. But in 26 games played with the Angels, Beckham recorded only 15 hits.
Beckham has averaged over 100 hits in each of his first six seasons and finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting back in 2009.
“Adding Gordon improves the depth and flexibility of our roster,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. “We are thrilled to have him back. Like Emilio Bonifacio, Gordon brings the ability to play solid defense at multiple positions or play on an everyday basis should the need arise. This also gives Robin the ability to play matchups more effectively when setting the lineup.”
Beckham was also happy to be reunited with Chicago, expressing his joy on Twitter:
— Gordon Beckham (@gordonbeckham) January 28, 2015