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Sox sign Gordon Beckham, designate Viciedo for Assignment

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:14 PM)
Yeah, I think after the off season going rolling, it was obvious that this was what had to have happened, since we never got transaction within the 6 months time.

Yes. Besides, 61 plate appearances of Gordon Beckham isn't going to net you a minor leaguer you could really say has a chance.

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:14 PM)
Yeah, I think after the off season going rolling, it was obvious that this was what had to have happened, since we never got transaction within the 6 months time.

 

Got until Feb 21,

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QUOTE (Dick Allen @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:17 PM)
Yes. Besides, 61 plate appearances of Gordon Beckham isn't going to net you a minor leaguer you could really say has a chance.

 

Depends on what the structure of the deal was. We have no idea if it was a set of players to pick from, or a set of conditions that needed to be met.

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You guys think he would take a minor league deal with an invite to ST?

 

Because if he signs a ML deal, who gets bumped off 40 man? Leury? He might not be good right now but he's still only 23 and I would not give up on him yet because I think he would definitely get claimed.

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QUOTE (flavum @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:17 PM)
Got until Feb 21,

 

You do realize any player they would get would be totally worthless. They paid his salary, probably gave a token amount more if anything, and that will be that.

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I found this tidbit from an article about the Angels interesting.

 

The Angels were hopeful of bringing back the recently non-tendered Gordon Beckham, but they weren't willing to meet his demands -- financially or with regards to playing time -- and now figure to move on without him.

 

http://m.angels.mlb.com/news/article/10727...y-partner-in-15

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I'm not kidding when I say this - the worst thing about a potential Beckham signing is what we'd have to listen to from Hawk.

 

But look at how tepid that tweet is. "It's possible he may likely come to the Sox." Way to go out on a limb there, Source.

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:18 PM)
Depends on what the structure of the deal was. We have no idea if it was a set of players to pick from, or a set of conditions that needed to be met.

I couldn't imagine it would have been much. The White Sox would have let him go for the waiver claim at that point. If it were a set of players, I am sure that set is one that probably aren't going to be in the Angels organization in 2015 anyway.

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QUOTE (Dick Allen @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:20 PM)
You do realize any player they would get would be totally worthless. They paid his salary, probably gave a token amount more if anything, and that will be that.

 

Oh yeah, i know they won't get anything. I just wanted to hear it from a Merkin or a Hayes. Usually those things are officially announced in the transactions, and it's rare that nothing ever got reported involving a trade of a guy that played in the majors for six years.

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Well I'll definitely take Gordon back now that it means Viciedo is gone

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 28, 2015 -> 01:24 PM)
Wow, now that one shocks me.

 

Only have to eat $750K and if someone claims him for the full balance, the Sox are off the hook entirely.

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Like that Viciedo is gone. Beckham--hopefully he's a decent platoon player.

 

Ban "Your Love"

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$2 million is not starter's money either. This is a platoon and backup infielder situation.

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Signing Beckham and penciling him in as the starting 2B? No thank you.

 

Signing Beckham as a platoon player and insurance policy in case of a Johnson/Sanchez falter? All for it. If he plays well enough to force himself additional at bats, then that's a good problem to have.

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So the Sox are going to rebalance the team for the better, and save just under $2 million. That is a win-win.

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So all in all, save $2M. Interesting that they ended up designating Viciedo so soon. Guess there was no market. I still think Viciedo is the type of guy that will go to some crappy team and eventually put together some pretty good offensive years. That said, we clearly gave him a lot of opportunities.

 

The key to all of this is that we aren't handing the job to GB.

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As long as Beckham is the backup INF, I am fine with this move. He can start at 3B vs LHP in place of Gillaspie. Could also spell Micah at 2B if that is the direction in which the team goes. I just hope he doesn't end up starting at 2B instead of Micah/Sanchez.

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