White Sox sign Gordon Beckham, designate Dayan Viciedo for assignment

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Well, here’s an interesting pair of moves.

Gordon Beckham, who played the first five-and-a-half years of his career for the White Sox before being traded to the Angels in August, has re-signed with Chicago on a one-year, $2 million deal.

And to make room for Beckham’s return to the roster the White Sox designated for assignment outfielder Dayan Viciedo, whom they signed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal to avoid arbitration just two weeks ago.

Presumably the White Sox are close to trading Viciedo, because it’s hard to imagine them eating money to cut him loose when they could have done so for free a couple months ago.

Beckham figures to compete with Emilio Bonifacio for playing time at second base (or maybe third base). He showed a lot of promise as a 22-year-old rookie in 2009, but since then Beckham has hit just .241 with a .660 OPS in 662 games.