Local Boy Makes Good (Money)
The Chicago White Sox have come to terms with 26-year-old pitcher Gavin Floyd, inking the right-hander to a four-year deal worth $15.5 million that also has a club option for 2013.
Floyd, a Severna Park native and Mount St. Joe's grad, had his best major league season last year, going 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts with the White Sox.
Floyd landed in Chicago before the 2007 season as he was traded along with fellow pitching prospect Gio Gonzalez (now with Oakland) from Philadelphia in return for right-hander Freddy Garcia.
Before last season, Floyd had failed to consistently produce at the big league level after multiple demotions to Class AAA while a member of both the Phillies and White Sox organizations but Chicago is banking that his troubles are behind him.
The White Sox had hoped to also lock up starter John Danks and outfielder Carlos Quentin but as General Manager Ken Williams explains, talks with them seem to have hit a wall.
'We were told that they weren't interested in what we were talking about,'' Williams said. ''But if Danks wants to come back, I put the same deal that Floyd has on the table for Danks."
Chicago also hopes to extend closer Bobby Jenks as Williams views this crop of talent as part of the team's future.
"We wanted to make overtures to a number of people that we felt were going to be a part of our next core, which we have done in years past with the (Jon) Garlands, the (Mark) Buehrles. We're starting the process once again," said Williams.
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