Report: Cubs considering claim on Gavin Floyd

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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.