Potential Phillies Target: Gavin Floyd
By Mike Lacy
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
2014 team: Atlanta Braves
Key 2014 stats: 2-2 W-L, 2.65 ERA, 45 K, 15 BB
Once upon a time, Gavin Floyd was the top prospect in the Phillies’ minor league system. After being selected in the first round of the 2001 draft, Floyd rose through the ranks, eventually making his debut with the big league club in 2004.
Jun 3, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (32) pitches in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Unfortunately, his pedigree didn’t translate into success in Philadelphia. Prior to the 2007 season, it was decided that Floyd might benefit from a change of scenery and was shipped to the White Sox as part of the ill-fated Freddy Garcia trade.
After leaving the Phillies, Floyd carved out a quality major league career. He’s never been an All-Star,but has generally been considered to be a good mid-rotation starter.
In recent years, Floyd’s career has been derailed due to injuries. A UCL injury in 2013 led to Tommy John surgery. And last year, after he successfully returned to the major league, his season was once again ended prematurely when he suffered a broken arm.
Why he might be a good fit
Before he suffered the broken arm, Floyd had pitched well. He recorded a 2.65 ERA in nine starts, and looked like he wasn’t feeling many ill effects of his injury.
The good news is, Floyd will probably be one of the cheaper options available. Given his injury history, Floyd will likely sign a one-year deal somewhere.
If nothing else, he could team up with Marlon Byrd as “former Phillies prospects who eventually returned home after solid careers elsewhere.”
Why he might not be a good fit
It’s risky to count on a pitcher coming off one major injury, let alone two. Floyd is going to be 32 this season, and has barely pitched over the past two seasons.
Floyd will be cheap, but money is not my primary concern, since the Phillies seemingly have money available to spend. I’m more concerned that Floyd won’t be able to stay healthy.
If they could get him at a bargain rate, then maybe he’s worth taking a chance on. But I’d rather see them pursue someone a bit more reliable.