Stop the rumors now. Simply put there is no way the Chicago White Sox are going to trade Gordon Beckham for Adrian Gonzalez. Sure Gonzalez would add another powerful bat to the club but adding him at the cost of Beckham isn’t going to do much to help the lineup.
Replacing the production that Beckham had last season .270/.347/.460 with 14 HR, 63 RBI, 58 R in 430 at-bats is going to be difficult to do when you consider what the White Sox would likely end up with at second base. Sure Omar Vizquel is great with the glove even over 40 and Jayson Nix can hit homers but neither is the player Beckham is. Vizquel is a liability at the plate and Nix is not much of a fielder kind of like how he’s not much of a hitter minus the homerun.
Gonzalez would move into first base for the White Sox pushing Konerko to DH. While Gonzalez is quite an offensive player it’s really hard to justify giving up Beckham who is under control until 2015 for a bopper who the team would have for two seasons. If the White Sox really had this much concern with Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay at DH then they should have went ahead and signed Jim Thome who wouldn’t of cost the team Beckham and/or other top prospects.
Frankly I don’t see the deal happening until mid summer at the earliest as we’ve heard plenty of Adrian Gonzalez rumors in the past which have turned out to be nothing. That Jake Peavy is on the team does little to convince me that a deal gets done this time. Perhaps if he was a free agent but a trade is never that easy.
I wouldn’t trade Beckham straight up for Gonzalez right now knowning the talent that the second basemen has. Whatever production Gonzalez adds to the lineup is removed by losing Beckham and frankly you are sending a bad message to the fans when you as much as everyone else hyped Beckham as a Cal Ripken type player. While those type of comparisons may be over the top you can’t deny that Beckham did more then anyone could have expected out of a first year player.
For all those reasons and the fact that the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and two Los Angeles teams remain in the league I do not see this deal happening.