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article imageAtlanta bound? Toronto Blue Jays likely won't sign Gavin Floyd

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 16, 2013 in Sports
Whether rumors of free-agent pitcher Gavin Floyd, recently of the Chicago White Sox, being signed by the Toronto Blue Jays had any substance may never be known. But whether yes or no, it's looking like Floyd will leave Chi-town for Atlanta.
There was talk in media of Floyd heading north but the bigger print and online media didn't bite on the rumors, suggesting there was not a lot of substance to them.
But that's not the case in Atlanta, where the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that it is looking like Floyd will sign a one-year contract to be a Brave. They don't name their source, however, and the ballclub hasn't said if they're close to a deal with Floyd.
He'd potentially be of great value in a Blue jays uniform, though, provided his elbow holds up having come off of Tommy John surgery. He's 70-70 after a decade in MLB pitching for the Phillies and the White Sox, with a 4.87 ERA.
That career ERA is higher than the ERA was last season for each of the pitchers that could make up the Jays' starting rotation in 2014 (R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Mark Beuhrle, J.A. Happ and Esmil Rogers). So maybe the Jays won't miss out on a valuable asset.
Except that Floyd's numbers in the 2008 season for the Sox were better than what each one of those potential Jay's starter managed in 2013. He was 17-8 record with a 3.84 ERA that season, a season in which Chicago was the American League Central champions.
GM Alex Anthopoulos would absolutely love a season like that from a free-agent signing. So...maybe he did talk with Floyd's agent.
And who knows - maybe he still is.
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