CLEVELAND — Gordon Beckham said Saturday the way he has played of late has been more difficult to deal with than any trade rumors in which he’s included.
The White Sox infielder has struggled recently, and on Friday his manager suggested it might be the constant rumors that have mentioned Beckham.
But the second baseman, who entered Saturday with one hit in his last 30 at-bats and 13 in his previous 99 (.131 over 26 games), said he’s not frustrated by the uncertainty over his future.
“It’s not something that is killing me inside to not know,” Beckham said. “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. No trade rumor would overstep that. I want to go out there and do well. Do well for the team and help contribute. It doesn’t really have to do with trade rumors when you step on the field.”
Beckham admits the stance is a departure from his earlier days. The former first-rounder said he has a better grasp of baseball’s business side now, which helps to some extent. He also witnessed last summer’s exodus of popular veterans when the sinking White Sox unloaded Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios over a one-month span.
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Beckham’s name hasn’t recently surfaced nearly as much as in the past, but he has been a fixture of trade rumors since last offseason.
“It’s something that’s out there,” Beckham said. “I’m not really worried about it. When I was younger in my career, I feel like I would have worried about it more. Now I understand where I’m at, where the team is at. There’s a lot of stuff that plays into it. There are a lot of different things that go into being traded. Whatever is going to happen is going to happen and will happen for a reason. So I’m very content with what I’ve done and hopefully will stay here for a lot longer. I can’t really worry about it. If I worry about it, it doesn’t help anything. I can’t control it, and so I’m not going to.”
Beckham said he’s more worried about how a deal would affect his wife, Brittany, than himself. This isn’t the first time Ventura has suggested one of his players might be affected by rumors — last July he mentioned it when Rios struggled.
Rios played well with Texas after an Aug. 9 trade.
He had a .280/.315/.457 slash line with six homers, 26 RBIs and 16 steals after he went to the Rangers.