Gavin Floyd needs to have some quality starts to be part of any trade scenario.
He also needs to pick up the pace to increase his trade value as a piece of a larger package.
Let me put on Kenny Williams' GM hat for a moment and propose a trade.
Think Floyd, Zach Stewart, and former first-round draft pick Jared Mitchell to the Boston Red Sox for Kevin Youkilis, Daniel Bard, and minor league catcher Ryan Lavarnway who owns a career .284 average in the minors.
The Red Sox need starting pitching in a bad way. They do not have a starter with an ERA under 4.00 and just sent down Bard following a string of pretty rough outings.
They need help in their rotation now and Floyd fits the bill. Along with Stewart in a long relief and/or spot starter role, this scenario makes sense for the Red Sox from a pitching perspective.
Boston is pretty thin in the outfield, at both the major and the minor league level and Mitchell has a ton of upside potentially seeing the field as early as next year.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have options in the rotation, need a third baseman this year and face the grim reality of a future with Tyler Flowers behind the plate in the not-so-distant future.
After a strong start to the 2011 season, Flowers has disappeared at the plate and the White Sox need offense from their catcher with so many other offensive liabilities on the roster.
Is Kevin Youkilis worth trading for?
Lavarnway has a pretty swing, walks and, being a gap hitter, would benefit from the space at the Cell.
As far as the starting pitching goes, Jose Quintana has pitched admirably and deserves to stay in the rotation as long as it continues. Manager Robin Ventura seems to be limiting his innings thus far which could be a sign that a larger role is in store for Quintana.
Dylan Axelrod is pitching very well for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and deserves a chance at the big league level.
Then there is always the soon-to-be demoted Philip Humber. Perhaps some time pitching long relief following the departure of Stewart will do him some good in advance of a potential return to the rotation after the trade deadline.
Youkilis, the center piece for the White Sox, fills an immediate need at third. Even with a poor average (.219), he still gets on base and is an instant upgrade. The White Sox would need to find room on the roster for Kevin of course, but it instantly improves the team.
The deal hinges upon Floyd throwing quality starts during the next month, but it would benefit both teams now and in the future.
Kenny Williams has a chance to remain competitive now and build for the future at the same time.
Not bad for a team saddled with huge contracts and a poor farm system.