Distractions at a minimum as Gordon Beckham preps for 2014

Distractions at a minimum as Gordon Beckham preps for 2014
January 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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His contract signed, Gordon Beckham doesn’t have anything to distract him as he prepares for spring training.

He doesn’t suspect he would have been distracted, nor did he believe his potential arbitration case would have resulted in his departure from the White Sox.

Short of a very late trade, Beckham was confident he’d return to the South Side for the 2014 season. But now that he’s under contract, Beckham, who signed a $4.175 million deal on Friday, can move forward without having to worry about off-the-field issues.

“It’s good to have that out of the way,” Beckham said Monday. “It’s never fun having to deal with contract stuff like that because it takes away from baseball, which is most important.”

This is yet another important season for Beckham’s future with the White Sox.

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After he worked hard to put himself in the right place as a hitter in 2013, Beckham appeared on track for his best offensive season since he was a rookie only to be sidelined by injuries.

Beckham had a .267/.322/.372 slash line with five home runs and 24 RBIs in 408 plate appearances. He missed almost two months after he broke his hamate bone in early April and spent the final six weeks of a 99-loss campaign battling a quadriceps issue. Beckham, who got married this offseason, feels like he’s once again in a good spot with camp right around the corner.

And, he doesn’t have to worry about anything else but his work.

“Yes, we get paid,” Beckham said. “But the game is the most important thing, and that’s what the focus is on. I know for the White Sox and me that’s what we both wanted to get back to and get moving in the right direction this year, and we’re excited.”