Breathless reports from the Fox Sports team of Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal indicate the Toronto Blue Jays remain in pursuit of White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd.
The reports might be breathless but, judging by the language and reaction to the reports, they might be toothless as well.
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) March 12, 2012
The reports are lukewarm at best. Lines such as a single source reporting “The Blue Jays and White Sox have had dialogue about Floyd since the start of spring training” don’t inspire a great deal of confidence. Not to say acquiring Gavin Floyd is a bad idea.
Gavin Floyd posted four-fWAR season in each of the last three campaigns, tossing 200 innings of effective ball year-in and year-out. Strong control and an ability to keep the ball in the park are all anyone needs out of a durable mid-rotation starter. At the kind of price Floyd commands ($7 million this year, $9.5 million option for 2013) there are scores of worse options for any team looking for 200 strong innings a year.
As Stoeten notes at DFJ, the Jays have the pieces and need to be associated with nearly every deal of this ilk. Just like an Alex Anthopoulos sighting at a Joe Blanton start triggers insane speculation, this tenuous attachment between the Jays and Floyd is likely to get far more play than it deserves.
Unless they pull a trigger on a deal. Then Floyd becomes the exact type of pitcher the Blue Jays need and a sure sign they’re going for it in 2012 and beyond. It is Spring Training, after all. There isn’t much else left to talk about.