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.

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.