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Report: Cubs considering claim on Gavin Floyd

Aug 24, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

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It’s hard to believe Gavin Floyd would last to the Cubs on waivers, but that’s not going to stop the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers from doing some speculating:

Interesting waiver situation … cubs mulling a claim on Gavin Floyd that could could start talks on a multi-player trade w/white sox.

The 28-year-old Floyd is 11-10 with a 4.45 ERA this season.  He just blanked the Rangers for seven innings last time out and he’s 5-1 in his last six starts.  Also, he’s under control for the modest price of $7 million next year (plus a $9.5 million club option for 2013), so it’d be quite a surprise if a couple of AL contenders didn’t put in a claim just for the heck of it.  He’d have to pass through the entire American League, plus the Astros, for the Cubs to be awarded a claim on him.

Regardless, a Floyd deal is a lot more likely to happen this winter when anyone can bid.  The White Sox are currently looking at a rotation including John Danks, Jake Peavy, Floyd and Chris Sale for 2012.  If Mark Buehrle can be re-signed, then Floyd may well be expendable.  As is, he appears to be needed.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 24, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Whoa, when did Sale transitioning to starter in 2012 break news? That sounds like further speculation, no?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      It’s seemed like pretty much a given, though Ozzie did try to splash some cold water on it earlier this month.

      Maybe Humber’s emergence could complicate things, but the plan for months has been Sale in the rotation next year.

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