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.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Sunday that Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was scratched from Monday’s start against the Cubs. Cole instead has flown to Los Angeles to have his sore right elbow examined by a specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Cole struggled in Wednesday’s start against the Astros, yielding five runs in five innings. He did not throw his regular between-starts bullpen. An MRI didn’t reveal any ligament damage, but a bone spur remains a possibility.
Cole, 25, has a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio in 144 innings over 20 starts this season. The right-hander missed some time earlier this season with a triceps injury.