With very little pomp, the Detroit Tigers announced the minor league signing of former Seattle Mariner Gordon Beckham to a minor league deal. You could be forgiven for missing the news entirely, as it was revealed for the first time via a press release in which players who would receive a non-roster invitations to spring training camp were announced. Infielder Beckham was among those names.
So many people were focused on young prospect pitcher Casey Mize getting a camp invitation, the inclusion of Beckham on the list slipped past most people’s notice.
Gordon Beckham gets 700K if in majors on tigers deal. Also gets MLB camp invite— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 22, 2019
Beckham, 31, has spent most of his career with the Chicago White Sox, making him a familiar face to Tigers fans. With the exception of a few quality seasons, Beckham has never done much to set himself apart from the crowd, with a career line of .239/.302/.366. He does, however, provide veteran depth to a team that might not want to lean too heavily on guys like Niko Goodrum or Dawel Lugo at second base.
In the past two seasons Beckham played in only 33 games for the Mariners, so don’t expect him to be a full-time infielder, nor to be a shoe-in for a utility role with the club. But his invitation to spring training means the Tigers are interested to see what the veteran can bring to the field and whether or not that puts him in Detroit in March, or as added depth in Toledo, expect to see Beckham somewhere with the franchise this year.