Chicago White Sox: Where Will Gavin Floyd Go?

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Chicago White Sox: Where Will Gavin Floyd Go?
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Bottom Line: The Sox have a logjam of starting pitchers, and somebody likely needs to go.  Danks, Peavy and Sale are all shoo-ins for the rotation, and Kenny Williams really likes the upside of the sinker-baller Zach Stewart. 

So, who's left in the cold? Mr. Gavin Floyd.

Most likely, it will be Floyd for the sole reason that he has trade value.  The only other starter the Sox could conceivably deal would be Peavy. Unfortunately, there's not a dumb enough GM in baseball that will pay him roughly $17 million for a year of DL visits and 6.0 IP/4.0 ERA outings. 

Back to Floyd. The guy has developed nicely from a fringe first-round bust to an above-average major league pitcher. He should send Don Cooper a nice gift when all is said and done for reviving his career. If not for Coop, Floyd might be pitching in Japan or coaching little league. 

Floyd's best pitch is his deuce. When it's dropping, he's a borderline two starter for any contender. Like any pitch, Uncle Charlie comes and goes at his leisure.  During Floyd's tenure with the White Sox, he has definitely improved as a competitor, learning how to claw through a game without his top-notch stuff. 

Realistically, the White Sox would be inclined to take a package of two or three solid prospects for the hurler.  If I were Williams, I would look for a control pitcher and outfield prospect as my prize.  

Unfortunately or fortunately (depending on your opinion), I'm not running the organization. 

You might be wondering what the market is for a 29-year-old right-hander who has maintained a respectable 4.18 ERA in the American League earning a reasonable $7 million for this upcoming season. Well, I'm about to tell you.

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