The Orioles expressed interest in Maryland native Gavin Floyd earlier this month, but Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the veteran right-hander has agreed to a deal with the Blue Jays, pending a physical. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman previously reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal.
No word yet on the terms involved, but we might be talking about a minor league deal. Floyd was a solid mid-rotation starter with the White Sox for a long stretch, posting a 4.20 ERA (106 ERA+) from 2007-2012, but elbow issues have limited him to just 92 innings in the majors over the past three seasons. The 33-year-old required surgery last March to repair a re-fracture of the right olecranon bone in his throwing elbow. He spent 2015 with the Indians, so this is a reunion of sorts with Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro now in Toronto’s front office.
The Blue Jays already have plenty of options for their rotation going into spring training, so Floyd will have to earn his way back on the radar.