Beckham assured he's not going anywhere

Beckham assured he's not going anywhere

CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham delivered a message Tuesday most followers of the White Sox already realized.

The talented second baseman, who has fought his way back close to respectability with the bat, won't be going anywhere before or after Saturday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I've been pretty much told I'm going to be OK in the White Sox uniform after July 31," said Beckham, who received said message from general manager Ken Williams. "I'm not too worried about it. I wasn't worried about it. It's fun for all the speculation, and that's about all it is."

Beckham entered 2010 with lofty expectations, following an exceptional 2009 campaign during which he captured two American League Rookie of the Year Awards as voted on by his peers. Those expectations took a hit when Beckham was batting .199 as late as June 23.

But Beckham didn't lose his confidence, and the White Sox didn't lose their faith in Beckham. Courtesy of a .400 average in his last 15 games, Beckham now has a .239 average following Tuesday's 11-0 drubbing of the Mariners.

Some in the White Sox organization project Beckham to be a Michael Young-type of hitter in his prime, which would explain the team's desire to keep him around.

"Really, I've got nothing but the best stuff to say about the White Sox," Beckham said. "They've been in my corner all year and didn't have to be. They could have given up on me. I hope to reward them for that during the rest of the year.

"It's nice to know I'm wanted, and I've enjoyed my time here. I want to keep it going."