According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, there is talk that the Chicago White Sox could be willing to take offers on 24-year old 2B Gordon Beckham. Given the snafu at 2B, the Colorado Rockies could be a potential suitor.
Beckham, a former first-round pick out of the University of Georgia, found his way to the majors with Chicago in 2009 after posting a combined .322/.375/.519 line through 3 minor league levels.
Since arriving in the majors, Beckham has been a mixed bag as far as performance goes. In 2009, Beckham impressed by batting .270/.347/.460 over 103 games while playing what grades out be roughly average defense at 2B. In 2010, however, Beckham stumbled mightily out of the gates with a .216/.277/.304 pre-All-Star break line. He did rebound after the break, however, to the tune of .310/.380/.497.
While having a surefire player at the 2B position, the Rockies could more easily decide the fates of potential bench players Jonathan Herrera and Eric Young Jr., but the Rockies have their own former-first-round pick who could take the job in Chris Nelson.
Nelson, while projecting high out of the draft, found himself plagued by countless injuries at all levels of the minors. Most recently, Nelson batted .313/.376/.492 in 85 AAA games and .280/.308/.320 scattered across 27 MLB Plate Appearances. Although unproven, Nelson still projects higher than his competition at the position.
The question for Colorado will be if they trust their own internal candidates enough to not make a phone call to White Sox GM Kenny Williams, or if they value Beckham's potential enough to come up with a package of top flight prospects.