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Gavin Floyd interested in sticking around with the Indians

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Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd has expressed interest in re-signing with the Indians, Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reports. Floyd missed most of the season after re-fracturing his olecranon bone, which required surgery in March. The Indians had signed him to a one-year, $4 million deal in December.

Floyd made his season debut on September 2 out of the bullpen and has, to date, made six appearances. The right-hander has allowed three runs on nine hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Floyd seems to have had a good time in Cleveland. From Hoynes’ article:

“Despite the circumstances of not being able to play, I loved getting to know the guys and the city,” said Floyd. “Everything was a blessing for sure, despite the circumstance. I’d definitely be interested (in resigning) for sure.”

Despite pitching out of the bullpen in the season’s final month, Floyd said he still sees himself as a starter.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”