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Sox first offseason move: Minor league deal for Tim Beckham

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The first move of the White Sox offseason isn't exactly a splash. But hey, Hot Stove season is here anyway.

According to a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the White Sox agreed to a minor league deal with infielder Tim Beckham.

Beckham didn't play in 2020, his last big league action coming in 88 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2019.

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Beckham is most famed as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. The majority of his major league career came with the Tampa Bay Rays, the team that drafted him. He was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles at the 2017 trade deadline and signed with the Mariners ahead of the 2019 campaign.

All told, he's played in 472 games over parts of six major league seasons. He owns a career .249/.302/.431 slash line.

The White Sox would obviously use Beckham for infield depth if he made the big league club in 2021. They're set at second base, shortstop and third base with Nick Madrigal, Tim Anderson and Yoán Moncada, respectively. Danny Mendick, one of the team's reserve infielders, had a nice 2020 season, too, and was named a Gold Glove finalist at second base last week.

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