It’s hard to believe Gavin Floyd would last to the Cubs on waivers, but that’s not going to stop the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers from doing some speculating:
Interesting waiver situation … cubs mulling a claim on Gavin Floyd that could could start talks on a multi-player trade w/white sox.
The 28-year-old Floyd is 11-10 with a 4.45 ERA this season. He just blanked the Rangers for seven innings last time out and he’s 5-1 in his last six starts. Also, he’s under control for the modest price of $7 million next year (plus a $9.5 million club option for 2013), so it’d be quite a surprise if a couple of AL contenders didn’t put in a claim just for the heck of it. He’d have to pass through the entire American League, plus the Astros, for the Cubs to be awarded a claim on him.
Regardless, a Floyd deal is a lot more likely to happen this winter when anyone can bid. The White Sox are currently looking at a rotation including John Danks, Jake Peavy, Floyd and Chris Sale for 2012. If Mark Buehrle can be re-signed, then Floyd may well be expendable. As is, he appears to be needed.
The Red Sox signed catcher Christian Vazquez to a three-year, $13.55 million extension, per a team announcement on Saturday. The agreement will keep Vazquez under contract through the 2021 season and covers two years of arbitration eligibility and the catcher’s first year of free agency. It comes with a $7 million club option (and $250,000 buyout) for 2022 that could get bumped up to $8 million if he reaches 502 plate appearances in both 2020 and 2021. Vazquez has also volunteered to make an annual donation to the Red Sox Foundation as part of his new arrangement with the club.
The 27-year-old backstop is entering his fourth year with the Red Sox in 2018. He’s been a steady defender behind the dish over the last three years and was ranked fifth-best in defense among all American League catchers at the end of the 2017 season. He also enjoyed a breakout performance at the plate, slashing a career-best .290/.330/.404 with five home runs and a .735 OPS in 345 plate appearances.
Come Opening Day, Vazquez is expected to be the Red Sox’ primary option behind the plate, with veteran Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart poised to start in backup roles. Swihart is out of options, but has been groomed for a utility role this spring and could take a few reps in the left field and the infield corners if need be, as it doesn’t appear the club is prepared to trade him just yet.