Gordon Beckham wants to be the Braves’ everyday third baseman
With utilitymen like Ben Zobrist and Daniel Murphy getting multi-year deals this offseason, players could look to use their versatility to find more starting jobs.
Gordon Beckham, however, has set a goal to play one position with his new team, the Atlanta Braves.
“To be playing third base every day,” Beckham told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “I think that’s what they told me that I had the opportunity to do, so we’ll go into spring and see what happens. If that doesn’t work out, then I’ll probably just be going all over the place and playing all the infield positions, which I can do. But my goal is to be playing third base every day.”
Last season with the Chicago White Sox, Beckham started 39 games at third base, seven games at second base and four at shortstop. Over the majority of his career, Beckham has been a second baseman, appearing in 638 of his 865 games at the position.
For what it’s worth, though, he’s hit a bit better while playing third, slashing .259/.331/.435. In games as a second baseman, Beckham’s slashed .241/.300/.362.