The White Sox announced that they have signed infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2 million deal. We reported earlier today that the sides were in talks about a reunion, with the deal's finalization coming this afternoon.
Beckham, 28, returns to Chicago after appearing in 26 games with the Angels after being traded by the White Sox in late August. He will provide depth at second base, shortstop and third base for a team that is currently slated to rely on Carlos Sanchez, Micah Johnson, Alexei Ramirez, Conor Gillaspie and Emilio Bonifacio in their infield mix.
In parts of seven-major league seasons, Beckham is a lifetime .245/.307/.375 hitter with 63 home runs and 284 RBI. It was thought earlier in the offseason that he would re-sign with the Angels after being non-tendered, but he ultimately ended up re-signing with his other former team.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Beckham, the White Sox designated outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment. Viciedo is likely to appeal to multiple teams who are looking for some right-handed power, and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com notes that the Rangers and Mariners are fits for the slugger.