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Atlanta brings in hometown player Gordon Beckham

The Braves added another bat for the 2016 roster with the addition of Gordon Beckham.

The Braves have reportedly agreed to a deal with Gordon Beckham, a native of Atlanta who has spent seven years in the big leagues.

Beckham will have a chance to play third base for the Braves. He’s played in 191 games at third in his career, while spending most of his time at second base (643 games). Beckham has also played a handful of games (13) at shortstop.

With the Braves moving Hector Olivera to left field, they need some help at the hot corner. It’s still possible Kelly Johnson could be added to the mix. Johnson is a left-handed hitter, while Beckham hits from the right side.

Beckham was a star at the University of Georgia before being the White Sox first round pick (8th overall) in the 2008 draft. He spent all but the second part of the 2014 season with Chicago, as he was traded by the White Sox to the Angels for the final six weeks of the 2014 season.

He returned to Chicago last year and played in 100 games. Beckham hit .209 with six home runs, 20 RBI and a .275 on base percentage. Beckham’s best season was his first season, as he hit .270 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 2009.

The signing of Beckham means the Braves may non-tender Pedro Ciriaco, who would need to be offered arbitration by Wednesday’s deadline.

Beckham is still just 29 years old.

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