Report: Orioles interested in ex-White Sox pitcher Floyd

Report: Orioles interested in ex-White Sox pitcher Floyd
November 20, 2013, 11:45 am
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The White Sox appear to be moving on from Gavin Floyd after not making the pitcher a qualifying offer earlier this month, 

According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have interest in the former South Sider, now a free agent, who pitched for the Sox for seven seasons.

It was a tough year for Floyd. The starting pitcher went down in May and has been recovering from Tommy John surgery ever since. He went 0-4 in just five starts with a 5.18 ERA in a contract year before his season-ending injury. The report cites recent comments from Floyd's agent, who said the pitcher hopes to be ready for action on or close to Opening Day.

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A free agent who could be a bargain considering his injury, Floyd could draw several suitors due to his past production. He started 29 games or more in five consecutive seasons prior to last year, getting to double digits in wins in all five of those seasons, including a career-best 17 victories in the Sox division-championship season of 2008. In his seven seasons on the South Side, Floyd went 63-65 with a 4.22 ERA, striking out 828 batters while walking 326.

Another intriguing tie to the Orioles (who, per the report, have "kept tabs" on the right-hander): Floyd is a Maryland native.