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The White Sox might end up seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019

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The White Sox might end up seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019

If things play out a certain way, the White Sox could be seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019.

Yes, the guy the White Sox took with the No. 8 pick in the 2008 draft could end up a division rival, as he is among the non-roster invitees to Detroit Tigers spring training.

As a minor league free agent, Beckham will have to earn his way onto the Tigers, a team embarking on its own rebuilding effort in the Motor City.

Beckham spent seven years on the South Side, slashing .242/.304/.674 in 839 games before becoming a journeyman of sorts. He's spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, the Atlanta Braves, the San Francisco Giants and most recently the Seattle Mariners. He got into 33 big league games with the M's in 2017 and 2018 while spending most of his time at Triple-A Tacoma. In those 33 games, Beckham slashed .180/.242/.197, but at Triple-A last season he was quite productive, slashing .302/.400/.458 with more walks (57) than strikeouts (52) in his 94 games.

Beckham's time on the South Side went down as a disappointment given the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted out of Georgia and during the short amount of time he spent in the White Sox farm system. He was rated as a top-30 prospect in the game in 2009 by Baseball Prospectus.

Now he could be a division rival. The White Sox take on the Tigers 19 times during the 2019 season. Will Beckham be a part of the first meeting April 18 in Motown?

For those wondering, Beckham has played in only two games against the White Sox. He fared very well, going 4-for-8 with a homer and a walk.

So maybe seeing a lot of Beckham in 2019 wouldn't be such a good thing for the White Sox. But here's hoping that in a possible return to the South Side, we once again get to hear one of the best walk-up songs ever: "Josie's on a vacation far away ..."

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MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

MLB, players deeply divided with clock ticking: 'It's ugly right now'

Where do things stand right now between Major League Baseball and the players union?

Let’s just say the owners are in New York and the players are in Los Angeles. Hopefully, they can meet somewhere in the middle — like Chicago — and we can have baseball in 2020.

But it's going to take a lot of work.

MLB's much-anticipated, first economic proposal presented to the players on Tuesday features a sliding scale of pay cuts where the players making the most money lose a greater percentage of their salaries, while those making less will have smaller cuts.  

The players' didn't like it one bit.

"The owners have a long way to go," one player said.

Fortunately, this isn’t the ninth inning of negotiations. There’s still time to make a deal.  

But with the clock ticking, there’s a big divide and harsh feelings that need to be addressed.

According to one agent, “I like to think I’m an optimist, but it’s ugly right now. While it’s a complicated situation, it comes down to money. The little hope I have is cooler and sensible heads [will] prevail.”

Will the two sides come to an agreement? If so, how and when?

That’s what I discussed with my NBC Sports Chicago colleagues Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber on this Give Me Baseball edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast. 

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Players union unhappy with proposal by MLB owners

The MLB owners' proposal to the players union was said to be one that would get the two sides at least a little closer to an agreement, but the players seemed offended by what they were given.

Chuck Garfien is joined by Adam Hoge and Vinnie Duber to discuss what made the players so upset, how can this be fixed and whether the latest proposal ruined the trust between the players and owners.

(1:28) - What were the details of the new proposal the players immediately turned down?

(6:59) - Biggest issue between the two sides is money

(12:15) - Thoughts from anonymous players on the proposal

(19:19) - MLB is in a rough spot because the pandemic hit right at the start of the season

(24:50) - What gives you hope that there will be a season?

Listen here or below.

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