Gordon Beckham (second base)
Sep 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Gordon Beckham (18) gets a single during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Voted as the best subtraction of the White Sox was Beckham, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Aug. 21 for a minor league player.
The reasoning behind this vote (Alejandro De Aza also received a vote) was for the fact Beckham wasn’t producing up to the standards set for a former first-round choice, plus he became expendable, with Carlos Sanchez MLB-ready, along with others in the minors at the position.
For the ’14 season, combined with the White Sox and Angels, Beckham had a .226 average, seven home runs and 36 RBIs. In 101 games with the White Sox in ’14, Beckham batted .221 with seven home runs.
In nearly six seasons with the White Sox, Beckham batted .244 with 276 RBIs and 61 home runs.
With the subtraction from the White Sox, Beckham now finds himself on a potential World Series contender, as the Angels went on to win the AL West and will be playing in the ALDS against the Kansas City Royals.
The same goes for De Aza, who was second in the voting. De Aza was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, and they eventually won the AL East. They are playing the Detroit Tigers in their ALDS series.