Let the fun and games begin. As we near the beginning of the always interesting offseason I am sure there will be a ton of rumours and notes about various free agent and trade targets. We will try our best to keep up with them.
As per MLBTR:
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is no stranger to the trade market. Early reports have already pegged Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta as potential trade targets for Toronto, and nowScott Merkin and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com report that the Jays are targeting White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham as well.
Beckham, 27, hit .267/.322/.372 with a career-low five homers in a career-low 103 games this season. A broken hamate bone in his right hand cost him nearly two months of the 2013 campaign, which could have something to do with the decline in home runs. However, Beckham has never lived up to the hype that surrounded him after being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, slashing just .249/.314/.380 in 2,217 big league plate appearances.
Beckham is eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason, and MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a raise from $2.9MM to $3.5MM. He is under team control through the 2015 season.
The article they reference also included a quick tidbit on the possibility of dealing Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez. Unless the entire franchise is coming back for Stroman or Sanchez I do not see a fit with the White Sox at all. They do not have anything of interest in my opinion.
Gordon Beckham is terrible, and not young. He owns a career .308 wOBA, 86 wRC+ and has slashed a paltry 249/313/380 in 2217 PAs. Perhaps Alex Anthopoulos is letting it be known that he is willing to go all-in and deal his last remaining pitching prospects to continue his attempt at building a contender that can win now. Or perhaps this is just unfounded rumour and speculation that is rampant at this time of year.