After hinting at it last week, it sounds like the White Sox will indeed shut down Gavin Floyd because of shoulder soreness.
Ozzie Guillen told Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com that there’s really no sense in having him make one final start with the White Sox out of contention:
In my mind, I think we should shut it down. This is a kid that’s going to be back here next year and he’s not going to prove to anybody if he can pitch or not. I think, why are we going to take a risk when the thing is not very important? Obviously we have to talk to Gavin first to see how he feels but I think the best scenario is to shut it down. That’s the best thing for him and for the organization.
Floyd was initially scheduled to start yesterday, but Tony Pena took his place against the Angels, tossing a Quality Start in a 4-3 win.
While his 10-13 record doesn’t look very good, Floyd actually had a solid season with a 4.08 ERA and 151/58 K/BB ratio in 187.1 innings, ranking 12th among AL starters in Expected Fielding Independent Pitching (xFIP) at 3.85.
Infielder Brett Lawrie successfully avoided arbitration and signed a one-year contract with the White Sox on Friday, per a team announcement. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman added that the deal was for $3.5 million, significantly lower than the $4.125 million Lawrie was paid by the White Sox in 2016.
The White Sox acquired Lawrie last December in a swap for minor league arms Zack Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. After splitting time at second and third base for the Athletics in 2015, Lawrie slotted in at second base and DH for the White Sox and batted .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs in 384 PA. While it’s strange to see a healthy, fairly productive player receive a salary reduction in arbitration, Lawrie missed nearly half of the season with a strain in his left hamstring, though he’s projected to return at full health by the start of the 2017 season.
Left-hander Brian Duensing signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cubs on Friday, per a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The free agent spent the bulk of his 2016 season with the Orioles after receiving a call-up from Triple-A Norfolk in early June. He underwent elbow surgery several weeks later when a freak bullpen injury revealed cartilage chips and inflammation in his pitching elbow, but recovered to finish the season with a 4.05 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings for the club. The Orioles utilized him for a final out during the AL Wild Card game, during which Duensing recorded a five-pitch strikeout in the ninth inning of their 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old is currently expected to bulk up the Cubs’ left-handed relief corps, with fellow left-hander Mike Montgomery slated for the rotation in 2017.