The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms today with 30-year-old infielder Gordon Beckham. Beckham, who spent the last two games of the 2016 season with the Giants, joins a crowded infield which also includes the recent signing of Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang. He was acquired last season by San Francisco in a trade from Atlanta for infield prospect Rich Rodriguez on September 27.
With the crowded infield situation in San Francisco, Beckham will be competing for a bench role behind Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, and Eduardo Nunez (although Nunez spot is not as secure as Crawford's or Panik's). If he doesn't secure a role on the 25-man roster, Beckham, will likely start for the Sacramento River Cats at either second or third base.
Beckham spent the majority of last season with the Atlanta Braves, hitting .217 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 88 games. A former top-ten pick by the Chicago White Sox, he owns a .240 batting average with 74 home runs and 335 RBI over eight seasons and has experience at shortstop, second, and third base.