Gordon Beckham is signed; What will White Sox do next?


Jul 13, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) scores beside Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes (10) in the eighth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

In many of my previous articles, I wrote about the Chicago White Sox roster heading into 2015, but that has to be adjusted now, with them signing second baseman Gordon Beckham and designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

Will Beckham be able hit right-handed hitters? And will the Sox be able to trade Viciedo over the next 10 days?

Obviously, this time around, Beckham is not going to be a starter (barring injury). He will be used mostly to face left-handed pitching.

I believe third and second base are going to be his main positions, due to the fact that Gillaspie only hit .221 versus LHP in 2014 (.300 vs. RHP).

Beckham’s primary position in the majors has been second base, and he will be the backup to whomever loses the spring training battle (between Micah Johnson and Carlos Sanchez).

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Now, on to what happens to Viciedo.

Since he has 20-plus home run power, the White Sox have had use for him over the last few years. With Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia now manning the corners in the Sox outfield, there is little use for him.

Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) reacts after striking out in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the fact that he is a right-handed power hitter, it is very possible that other clubs could be interested in him, but so far this offseason the White Sox haven’t been able to deal him.

Here are some of the clubs that could have interest:

• Texas Rangers
Texas could use a right-handed hitting outfielder, with Michael Choice and Jake Smolinski as their current options (right-handed).

Viciedo hit 22 home runs (2014), and in a ballpark where the balls fly out (especially to right center field), Viciedo would make a great addition.

• Seattle Mariners
Since late July, the Mariners have added two right-handed bats to the outfield (Austin Jackson and Nelson Cruz). Cruz will probably be more of a DH, with Jackson manning CF.

One of the big issues for the Mariners was a lack of right-handed bats, something Viciedo would help with. Not to mention the Mariners (per reports) are interested in Viciedo. His power would be a welcome addition in their lineup.

• Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles don’t have a whole lot in the outfield as of right now (outside of Jones), with their corner options being Alejandro De Aza/David Lough and Travis Snider.

Viciedo could play RF (due to his arm) and could replace some of the power they lost when Nelson Cruz signed with the Mariners.

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I don’t think that the Sox will get a great return for Viciedo. I am guessing it will be similar to the return they got for Beckham or De Aza this past trade deadline, because neither of them are expected to be MLB stars.

Hopefully they will get a return, instead of putting him on waivers in 10 days.