Levine: White Sox Better Off After Beckham Trade

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — The end of Gordon Beckham’s once-promising White Sox career will be remembered as much promise that never came to fruition.

Beckham hit .244 with 61 home runs and 276 RBI in his five plus years in Chicago.

The Georgia native made a big splash on the White Sox scene, hitting his way to the Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2009. That season he hit .270 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 103 games after an early June call-up.

Beckham never realized those combined numbers again in any one season since his rookie campaign.

“You want to give everybody a fair opportunity,” GM Rick Hahn said. “That is especially true for a guy you drafted and developed. He had success at the big-league level, and you want to expand on that potential. With the 2900 at-bats he had in a White Sox…

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