In an effort to help clinch a playoff spot in the final week of the 2016 regular season, the San Francisco Giants acquired infielder Gordon Beckham from the Atlanta Braves Tuesday.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle was the first to report that the deal was close. MLB.com's Mark Bowman later confirmed the news and added that Atlanta will receive cash as part of the trade.
Since the waiver trade deadline has passed, Beckham will not be eligible for the Giants' postseason roster should they make it.
The 30-year-old Beckham is hitting .217 with five home runs and 30 RBI this season and has seen playing time at second base, third base and shortstop.
After starting third baseman Eduardo Nunez left San Francisco's loss to the San Diego Padres Sunday with a hamstring injury, San Francisco bolstered its infield depth Tuesday.
Beckham is likely to combine with Conor Gillaspie, Ehire Adrianza and Kelby Tomlinson over the next week to fill in for Nunez if he is unable to play.
The Giants enter play Tuesday with a one-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final wild-card spot in the National League.
San Francisco has a penchant for winning the World Series every other year, and if it can get into the playoffs and continue that trend, Beckham will get a World Series ring despite not being permitted to play in the postseason.
Considering he was dealt from the NL's worst team with a record of 63-92, the trade-off is a good one for the eight-year veteran.
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