Blue Jays Rumors: Jays Still Pursuing White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd?

Brad LeClairCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 22: Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 22, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Spring training has begun, and with yet another solid game played by the Jays, winning 4-1 against a pretty barren Orioles squad, the Jays have moved to an 8-2 record in Grapefruit League action.

Having said that, question marks abound in Jays land when it comes to their starting rotation.

Despite a strong start by Dustin McGowan, the Jays are still treading carefully when it comes to their prized arm they have waited on for three years. Is he healthy? Can he sustain pitching in the upper 90's for an entire season? Can the Jays win with him in the rotation?

The other question mark comes from pitcher Brett Cecil. Having dropped over 30 pounds this summer, Cecil put the work in at the gym this offseason as well as eating better, but that still hasn't given him the ability to hit 92 and 93 mph with his fastball again.

Much like starter Kyle Drabek, Cecil has many question marks regarding his delivery, his in-game focus and his ability to get batters out on a consistent basis.

Due to these question marks, FoxSports Jon Paul Morosi has reported the Jays and White Sox are continuing talks about Gavin Floyd.

Floyd could come cheaply, as his contract is fairly big sitting around $9 million a season, and its likely the Jays could get Floyd at a slight discount.

If the Jays traded Nestor Molina, ranked as high as eighth in the Jays' organization for prospects, and as low as 18th for closer Sergio Santos, the trade for Gavin Floyd should not result in the Jays' farm system taking a severe blow.

Last season, Floyd, the 29-year-old right-hander, posted a 4.37 ERA and 1.163 WHIP in 192.2 innings, while averaging 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. He has pitched at least 187 innings in each of the past four seasons in the major leagues.

He comes with a good pedigree and a solid arm. He is probably typically suited to pitch in the third or fourth spot in the Jays' rotation.

Is he a solid addition to the Jays rotation? What do you expect is the asking price for Floyd? Would you be willing to take on Floyd's contract if you were Alex Anthopolous?

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