Smash It Like Beckham

The trade for Tim Beckham at the deadline went under the radar, for sure. As a former No. 1 overall pick, Beckham barely performed up to the expected standards with Tampa Bay. 

Enter the Baltimore Orioles.

Unexpectedly, Dan Duquette recognized the underwhelming performance by J.J. Hardy by addressing the need for a better overall peforming shortstop and acquiring Beckham for next to nothing. Being a quiet move, and following the outcry for the team to sell, many either didn’t understand or didn’t care about the move. 

Fourteen days and 58 at bats later, Beckham is hitting an unreal .500 with four dingers and thirteen extra base hits in his stint in an O’s uniform. While he hasn’t been solid defensively, he hasn’t fallen short of Hardy’s 2017 standards.

And it’s easy to see the appeal of the trade. Blinded by the hoopla of the trade deadline, many people overlooked the fact that Beckham is under contract until 2020. Long term control is almost unheard of in today’s age of trade deadline moves, as teams settle for a “live and die by the sword” mentality when making improvements for a post season run (see: Gerardo Parra. See: Andrew Miller).

Seeing as how Beckham will only be 30 when his deal runs out, it’s hard to argue that maybe all he needs is a change of scenery. With an organization like Tampa Bay, where the mentality is to survive based on how you perform as a young player, Beckham was beginning to find himself overshadowed and pushed aside. It isn’t any wonder that the Rays were looking to move him; his numbers were less than adequate of a number one pick. However, in a world of suspect moves made by Duquette, it could be argued that if Beckham continues to be a successful acquisition, this could be one of his better trades. 

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