White Sox bring back Floyd; Myers, Youkilis options declined

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White Sox bring back Floyd; Myers, Youkilis options declined

The White Sox 2013 rotation was bolstered significantly on Tuesday when the club not only signed Jake Peavy but also picked up Gavin Floyds option.

The team chose to exercise its 9.5 million option and bring back Floyd. At the same time, the White Sox declined their club options for third baseman Kevin Youkilis (13 million) and reliever Brett Myers (10 million) and bought them out for 1 million and 3 million, respectively.

Floyd went 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 29 starts for the White Sox this season.

The dependability offered by Floyd and Peavy, who made a team-high 32 starts in 2012, is needed with 2012 opening-day starter John Danks rehabbing from season-ending surgery.

It gives us some very good depth and allows us to explore other opportunities over the next few months, general manager Rick Hahn said. Absolutely wed prefer to have more depth. Its nice to have some options going forward its nice to be able to insulate yourself.

Hahn said Floyd alleviated concerns about his health when he returned in September from a second stint on the disabled list. After making an adjustment to his delivery, Floyd went 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA over his final five starts of the season.

He is 63-61 with a 4.20 ERA since he first joined the White Sox in 2007 and has averaged 31 starts from 2008-12.

I realize at times hes been a little up and down, Hahn said. But I hope the value (Floyd) brings doesnt go unnoticed. He gives you 180-190 above-average innings in a difficult park to pitch in.

Peavy said hes excited about the prospect of a rotation featuring himself and Floyd, though he wasnt certain it would happen.

I cant say enough about that, Peavy said. I didnt know how that would work out. Gavin is tremendously talented and you saw how he threw the ball down the stretch. I love our starting rotation, I really do. I love what we have and what were building in Chicago.

Hahn said he has expressed interest to the agents for Youkilis and Myers, though he understands both players will test the free agent waters.

An acquisition from the Boston Red Sox in late June, Youkilis hit .236 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 80 games for the White Sox.

Myers was acquired from the Houston Astros in late July and went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 35 games for the Sox. The club opted to buy out the 10 million option it held for Myers for 3 million.

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN+

The White Sox open their final series of the season tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08 ERA) vs. Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA)

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White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

The playoffs were the ultimate goal and he probably would have liked another victory on Thursday night.

But Jose Quintana has plenty to be proud about when he takes stock of his 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-3 White Sox loss to the Tampa Rays in front of 14,792 at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-time All-Star’s record dropped to 13-12 after he allowed two earned runs in six innings in his final start, but not before Quintana established career highs for innings pitched, strikeouts and earned-run average. The loss guaranteed a fourth straight losing season for the White Sox, who haven’t reached the postseason since 2008.

“I’m happy with my year,” Quintana said. “But every time I say it’s not about me. It’s about the team. We’ll try to finish strong in the next series against the Twins and come back next year to have a better year than this one.”

Quintana had the best individual season of his career. If he’d received any kind of run support from his teammates, he’d be at or near the top of the leaders for wins, too.

But same as he has for the past four seasons, Quintana didn’t receive any run support yet again on Thursday, though this time can be attributed to a stellar performance by Chris Archer.

Archer held down early an offense that had Quintana ranked 116th out of 132 qualified starting pitchers in run support. The White Sox only had two runners reach scoring position in the time Quintana pitched (one scored). By the time Archer slowed down, the White Sox bullpen allowed three runs and the contest was nearly out of reach at 5-1.

Still, Quintana was good enough to win yet again in a season full of comparable efforts.

He allowed a run in the second inning on a bloop RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another in the fourth on a solo homer by Mikie Mahtook. Other than that he was his normal efficient self, striking out seven and limiting the Rays to two runs and five hits in six innings.

The effort lowered Quintana’s ERA to 3.20 (his previous low was 3.32 in 2014). He also surpassed his previous high-inning mark of 206 1/3 with 208 this season. And, Quintana, who eclipsed the 10-win mark for the first time in his career, finished with 181 strikeouts, three more than he in 2014.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura thinks the overall production was a byproduct of the first All-Star nod for Quintana, who surpassed 200 innings for a fourth straight season.

“You wouldn’t think that would mean a lot, but it really does,” Ventura said. “I think that’s the stuff that can catapult somebody into things that are better and pushing him into the offseason, the optimistic stuff of going into next year.”

Quintana’s name often surfaces as an easy fix to some of the White Sox’ woes when it comes to next season.

With two guaranteed seasons and two club-friendly options left on his current contract, Quintana — who entered Thursday valued at 19.7 f-WAR for his career — is viewed as a stellar trade chip given the weak free agent class. It is believed the White Sox could solve several problem areas on the roster or add considerable depth to their farm system were they to make Quintana or Chris Sale available. Quintana knows the possibility exists but hopes he’s back with the White Sox next season and helping them end their postseason drought.

“I don’t have control about that,” Quintana said. “I don’t know nothing about trades. I’m here as a Chicago White Sox, and I want to be here for a long time. I’ll go home, rest and am going to be ready to start with my preparation for next year. I’ll be ready for that, but I don’t have control about trades.”