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Consistency makes Floyd attractive choice

3/18/2012

MESA, Ariz. -- Consistency has been a factor of Gavin Floyd's success as well as a factor in his being overlooked as a top starting pitcher.

Entering the 2012 season, Floyd has a career record of 58-55 with a 4.50 ERA. Not exciting numbers, yet numerous teams have inquired with the Chicago White Sox about his availability on the trade market, according to major league sources.

“He is not flashy and seems to fade at times, but the guy is a horse,” said an American League scout. “If you put him on a team that can score runs he will pitch well and win 15 games. That is why teams are interested, he will give you 190 innings and at times be unhittable.”

Floyd is penciled in as either the White Sox’s second or third starter behind John Danks and maybe Jake Peavy.

From the White Sox’s perspective, they can sit back and watch the attrition that takes place on other clubs and wait to have someone overpay them for Floyd, or choose to hold onto him until the July 31 trading deadline. The 29-year-old Annapolis, Md. Native can become a free agent after the 2012 season, which is one reason the White Sox may be interested in moving him.

Due to weather conditions in Mesa on Sunday, Floyd’s start against the Chicago Cubs was canceled so as to avoid missing time due to a rainout. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Floyd threw a five-inning simulated game in the team’s complex at Camelback Ranch.

“We were going to have Zach Stewart and Dylan Axelrod pitch anyway, so we just moved them up,” Ventura said. “[Gavin] threw great.”

Floyd has had only one official Cactus League start this spring although he has appeared in a ‘B’ game and an intrasquad game as well.