According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Atlanta Braves have signed long time Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million. The 29-year old Beckham spent six of his first seven big league seasons with the White Sox, showing versatility at second base and third base.
A former Golden Spikes Award finalist while at the University of Georgia, Beckham never quite lived up to his advanced billing after being drafted, despite some flashes of potential. Beckham put together his most complete season as a rookie in 2009, batting .270/.347/.460, with 14 home runs and 63 RBI.
In later seasons, Beckham saw his run production decline partly due to a series of injuries at a time when most players expect to reach the peak of his career. Last season, Beckham batted just .209 with six home runs in 211 at bats, slumping to a .607 OPS, the lowest of his career.
With former Cuban defector Adonis Garcia currently the only third baseman on the Braves roster, Beckham provides much-needed stability at the position in a rebuilding year as the club prepares to play out its final season at Turner Field before moving to Sun Trust Ballpark in nearby Cobb County for the 2017 season.
The Braves hope a return home can help reignite Beckham and afford him the opportunity to re-establish himself as the quality contributor he was a rookie nearly eight seasons ago.