|Gavin Floyd |
(Photo via Keith Allison)
Floyd started his career with the Phillies before being traded to Chicago in 2006, and he pitched in at least 168 innings from 2008 to 2012 with the White Sox. The O's are usually thin in the rotation and are always interested in decent starters who can throw a good amount of innings. That's why it was smart when the Orioles acquired Scott Feldman last year (and, to a much lesser extent, Bud Norris).
Floyd is essentially a league average starter. Take a look:
Floyd career: 7.06 K/9, 3.05 BB/9, 44.7 GB%, 11.9 HR/FB, 4.48 ERA
2013 avg starter: 7.19 K/9, 2.83 BB/9, 44.6 GB%, 10.8 HR/FB, 4.01 ERA
His home run rate and ERA are a little higher, but the rest of his numbers are not far off. Let's compare that to, say, Vargas, who turns 31 in February:
Vargas career: 5.87 K/9, 2.77 BB/9, 37.1 GB%, 9.1 HR/FB, 4.30 ERA
So who would you rather have? It's at least close -- that is, until you factor in Floyd's injury.
Floyd underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2013 to repair his ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor tendon in his elbow, but, according to Floyd's agent, his rehab appears to be going smoothly and he should be be on track to return around opening day in 2014. Floyd was originally expected to miss between 14 and 19 months, but his timetable appears to have changed.
If not for the injury, Floyd could have been looking to sign a contract similar to Vargas's. But the injury does present a buy-low opportunity for the Orioles or any other interested team, especially on a one-year deal. Floyd for one year and a few million (and the possibility of more in incentives) doesn't seem like such a bad idea.