03/04/10 7:11 PM ET
Amid rumors, Beckham back at second
White Sox infielder shrugs off speculation of trade
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
With far-reaching rumors popping up this weekend concerning the idea general manager Ken Williams might include Beckham in a potential trade for San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez, though, Beckham's family still wanted to double check on his White Sox status.
"My dad actually asked me," a smiling Beckham said of the remote trade rumors. "I said, 'Dad, I don't think it's true. But you never know.'"
In the realm of confirmed daily activity, Beckham made his debut as the White Sox starting second baseman in the 2010 Cactus League opener. He played the position last year during Spring Training, coming from a non-roster invitee wearing No. 80 to almost earning the everyday job as camp broke.
Beckham began the 2009 season at shortstop for Double-A Birmingham and quickly worked his way into the White Sox starting lineup at third base by June 4. Now, Beckham has a position to make his own and looked comfortable during his limited chances against the Angels.
A Torii Hunter line drive to second was turned into a double play by Beckham in the opening inning, when Beckham's throw to first baseman Dayan Viciedo easily doubled off Bobby Abreu. Beckham then ranged up the middle on Robb Quinlan's fourth-inning grounder and threw him out.
To be honest, Beckham doesn't feel as if the change from second base to shortstop to third base and back to second in one year's time will present much of an issue. He points to the double play turn as the biggest point of concern.
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"The main thing is keeping my hands close to my body so it's not a big transition," Beckham said. "It's about letting the ball come right to your chest almost, and then just take it out of the glove and throw it. It's more about the transition.
"Second base is going to be good. I like the way I feel out there right now, I like the way I'm moving. I have a ways to go I think. But so far, so good. I want to be on the field and I don't really care where I play."
If Beckham has his preference, he will continue playing for the White Sox for quite some time. The trade rumblings began in a CBS Sportsline article in which Jake Peavy talked about his push for Williams to acquire his former teammate Gonzalez. The article quoted a White Sox person stating that, "They're saying Kenny would give anything to get him, maybe even [Gordon] Beckham."
Thus, the speculation took off, although not for Beckham and not for the White Sox -- probably not even for Gonzalez.
"I keep telling Peavy to be quiet," Beckham said with a wry smile. "I want to stay here for the time being. But I totally understand what Peavy is saying.
"Gonzalez is a great player, so why not? I wish there was some way we could get him over here and I could stay. That's all rumors and I haven't heard anything and I don't intend to hear anything. I'm good where I'm at and I think they are happy with me. We'll see where it goes."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.