The Chicago White Sox announced today that they have signed Gavin Floyd to a four-year, $15.5 million contract, with a $9.5 million option for 2013. Floyd posted a 17-8 record in 33 starts for the Sox last year, with a 3.84 ERA.
You may recall that Floyd was drafted by the Phillies with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft. He never quite lived up to expectations with the Phillies, posting a record of 1-2 with a 10.04 ERA in 7 games in 2005, and 4-3 with a 7.29 ERA in 11 games in 2006.
Too often while on the mound for the Phillies, he had that “deer in the headlights” look. This photo of Floyd is from a 2005 game against the Atlanta Braves, in which he gave up 8 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work:
After being traded to the White Sox in the off-season (as part of the Freddie Garcia trade – we won’t even discuss that right now), he didn’t fare much better in 2007, going 1-5 with a 5.27 ERA in 16 games. But the pieces finally fell into place for Gavin last year.
Here’s hoping that Floyd has gained some much-needed confidence following his breakout 2008 season, and will repay the Sox in kind with more of the same in 2009.
(Floyd photo by me)