Gordon Beckham backs White Sox youth movement

Gordon Beckham backs White Sox youth movement
January 21, 2014, 10:15 am
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Gordon Beckham fully endorses the series of shrewd moves made this offseason by general manager Rick Hahn.

The second baseman believes the White Sox, whose 99 losses last season are the fourth most in franchise history, can regain a competitive foothold in 2014. He attributes his belief to a revamped core that — after Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia were acquired in trades last summer — has also seen the additions of Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton and Matt Davidson this offseason.

“The moves (Hahn) has made, it seems like in a short period of time he has kind of reshaped this team back into a contender,” Beckham said. “We want to go out and win right now. ... We’re excited. I think the guys he brought on board, they have an energy and a zest for the game and that’s important.”

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While he knows there’s work to be completed, Beckham is optimistic. Even if all of Hahn’s moves don’t pan out, Beckham sounds as if he’s a believer in the team’s youth movement.

“If those guys buy into winning and wanting what’s best for the White Sox, I think it’s going to be a great offseason,” Beckham said. “It’s a great offseason personally, not that my opinion matters. But I think they’ve done a really good job to get us back on the map and moving in the right direction.”