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.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.