Gavin Floyd got a bunch of different opinions on his elbow injury, but the end result is the same: He’ll undergo Tommy John surgery.
And because he has a torn flexor muscle in addition to a torn ulnar collateral ligament the White Sox announced that Floyd is expected to miss 14-19 months, which is longer than the usual 12-month recovery timetable for Tommy John surgery.
That rules him out for the remainder of this season and at least the first half of next year, potentially putting his entire 2014 in doubt. Floyd is an impending free agent, so he’ll almost surely have to settle for an incentive-laden deal on the open market this offseason after being paid $9.5 million this year.
Floyd started at least 29 games every season from 2008-2012, but began to break down last year and went 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts this year before being shut down.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.