The 2015 MLB season was supposed to be a bounce-back season for Cleveland Indians P Gavin Floyd. However, that did not happen. Can Floyd get past these past few seasons and make an impact next season?
This season just was not in the cards for Cleveland Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd. This was Floyd’s first season with the Tribe but he fractured his elbow before the start of the regular season.
Prior to signing with Cleveland, Floyd was injured in nearly all of 2013 and 2014 while he was with the Chicago White Sox and the Atlanta Braves.
Throughout his career, especially during his prime from 2008-2012, Floyd provided plenty of starts as he accumulated over triple digits in innings each of those seasons.
The signing of Floyd was a low risk, high reward. It would have great to see him play well in 2015 and hopefully get back to his 2012 form. Who knows, maybe next year he will be completely ready to go and make some sort of impact in 2016.
Speaking of 2016, Floyd is a free agent this offseason but reportedly would like to come back to the Indians next season.
Despite his serious injury this season, Floyd has been back pitching for the Tribe. As of September 28th, he has a 0-0 record with a 2.61 ERA in six appearances so far in 10 1/3 innings.
In his 12 year career, he has a 72-72 record with a 4.38 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, and a 1.50 Strikeout/Walk ratio.Floyd has appeared in 214 games with 196 starts.
For what he has been able to do this season, his pitching has great given the amount of injuries he has dealt with earlier this season and in his career.
Since the regular season is set to end very soon and in such a small amount of work, evaluating him may have to be on a gut feeling. If it is not, then his whole body of work since he has been in the majors should give him another opportunity to be on a MLB roster.
What does 2016 hold for Floyd? Should Floyd have been able to pitch all season, I would look for him to sign a deal that was similar to this year’s contract.
Since that is not the case, Cleveland should still re-sign him but for less money. I would still be wary of Floyd’s injury history. If Cleveland does bring him back, look for Floyd to be brought out of the bullpen as a specialist and/or long reliever.
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