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White Sox trade Gordon Beckham to Angels

Gordon Beckham faced speculation from the start of the 2014 season that his tenure with the White Sox might be nearing an end, and on Thursday his departure became reality.

The Sox traded the 27-year-old second baseman to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Beckham was the Sox's No. 8 overall draft pick in 2008, and after a promising rookie season in 2009 he often struggled to live up the expectations thrust upon him. He hit .244 with 61 homers and 276 RBIs in 739 games with the Sox.

As Sox infield prospects Micah Johnson, Carlos Sanchez and Marcus Semien continued to develop, the possibility of the Sox moving Beckham to make room for one of those players was more frequently discussed in the media -- and with Beckham himself.

Sox manager Robin Ventura speculated midway through the season that Beckham's offensive problems this year were in part due to trade rumors. Beckham hit .221 with 24 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 101 games this season.

For his part, Beckham consistently said he couldn't worry about the trade rumors, especially in the midst of a slump during which he hit .138 in July and .190 in August.

"The more questions you get, the more you get tired of having to not know," Beckham said earlier this season. "It's not something that is killing me inside to not know. With the way I've been playing lately, I'm focused on going out there and trying to put a good product out on the field. That's the thing that has been more frustrating than anything."

While he battled offensively, the Sox will miss Beckham's defense, something Ventura said recently he didn't let slip despite his problems at the plate.

"There's time when he's frustrated, you can tell -- any normal person would be frustrated," Ventura said last week. "But he doesn't take it to the field. ... That's a mature response. Anybody that's struggling and not feeling right, sometimes you see they might miss a pitch here or there because their mind might be wandering. He hasn't let that happen."

The Sox will make a corresponding roster move before Friday's opener against the Yankees.

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