I’ve been ready for the White Sox to trade Gordon Beckham for a few years now. I wanted it to happen. I’ve waited for it to happen. That’s why it was so strange that when I learned the news after getting into my car and turning on the radio, I found the news that Beckham had been traded to the Angels to be bittersweet.
Initially there was the “finally!” reaction, but then it was just depressing. A former first round pick, taken with the 8th pick in the 2008 draft, had been shipped to Los Angeles in a waiver deal with the Sox getting either a player to be named later, or cash.
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I know that the White Sox are currently 32-33 and only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, but even with my history of being unreasonably optimistic about the White Sox, I’m not expecting this team to compete for the postseason this year. I just have a hard time believing this team, with no real bullpen and a starting rotation that’s actually relying on Hector Noesi, is going to contend for the long haul. Hell, they’re in the race now, but they haven’t even won as many games as they lost.
A bad division can make a team look better than it actually is.
But this team isn’t a playoff team. It’s a much better team than 2013, and it’s a lot more enjoyable to watch — THESE KIDS JUST DO NOT QUIT — but October isn’t happening in Chicago this year. In fact, the team we see in September probably won’t be the same as the one we’re watching now.
I still expect the White Sox to be sellers come the trade deadline, and one of the players I feel has a good chance of being moved is Gordon Beckham.
On Tuesday the White Sox announced that they’d promoted prospect Micah Johnson from Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. Considering Johnson’s performance in Birmingham — a slash line of .329/.414/.466 with 10 stolen bases — the move certainly made sense.
But it also raised some questions.
The White Sox have a lot of middle infield options right now, and Johnson was adding to what was already a somewhat crowded situation in Charlotte, a situation that would only get worse when Jeff Keppinger was activated and the Sox likely sent Marcus Semien down to Charlotte.
But we don’t have to worry about that situation anymore.
I don’t know what the future holds for Micah Johnson, but last year I felt that, whatever it was, it wasn’t going to be second base if he didn’t make serious improvements in the field. Well, it looks like he’s been working on it.