According to MLB Insiders, the Blue Jays and Gavin Floyd appear to be in agreement on a contract, pending a physical.
Update: Floyd’s deal with the Blue Jays is a MLB contract according to Jon Heyman. Floyd will earn a $1MM base salary and up to $1MM in incentives based on how many days spent in the 25-man roster. Heyman also tweeted the incentive breakdown, which is as follows; 500K for 90 days on active roster, 250K for 120 and 140 days.
The Toronto Blue Jays appear to have added pitching depth by agreeing to a contract with Gavin Floyd. Details of the deal are not yet known.
sources: gavin floyd appears headed for deal with blue jays
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 5, 2016
Source: Blue Jays in agreement with Gavin Floyd, pending physical. @JonHeyman mentioned first.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 5, 2016
Floyd, who recently turned 33 has only pitched a total of 92.0 innings over the last three seasons due to recurring serious elbow injuries. The former White Sox RHP underwent UCL replacement surgery early in 2013 and returned with the Braves in May 2014, logging 54.1 innings over 9 starts before missing the rest of the season with a fractured bone in his pitching elbow. Surprisingly, Floyd suffered the same injury during Spring Training with the Indians in 2015. Thought to be lost for the entire season, Floyd recovered and worked his way back to the big club, appearing in seven games, totalling 13.1 innings with a 2.70 ERA.
At the moment details on the agreement are not clear; however, it would be hard to imagine the Blue Jays front office committing too much on this deal. Given Floyd’s history of arm injuries he would seem like a perfect MiLB contract candidate. Considering his lack of overall work the last three seasons, it could be expected that he would be brought onboard to help shore up the bullpen. Although, without contract information it is hard to determine what the front office expects of the 12-year veteran, and vice versa. Either way, it is an excellent depth move for the Blue Jays, who have looked to add, high upside, low-cost arms all offseason.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.