Indians sign Gavin Floyd
The Indians are betting on a bounce-back for former White Sox innings-eater Gavin Floyd.
Cleveland on Tuesday signed Floyd to a one-year contract for 2015, adding more potential depth to a starting rotation competition that was already at least seven pitchers deep. The 31-year-old Floyd posted double-digit victories while making 29-plus starts for the Sox from 2008-12 before running into injury troubles.
The Indians did not release financial details, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported that Floyd would receive a $4 million salary, with $6 million more available based on innings pitched.
In 2013, Floyd made only five starts before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. In 2014, he was 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA for the Atlanta Braves before suffering a fracture in the same elbow and missing the rest of the season.
Floyd was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft by the Phillies and was eventually traded to the White Sox prior to 2007. He’s pitched parts of seven seasons in the American League Central.