Antonetti Appoints Floyd With Spot In Tribe Rotation

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Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti has told reporters that newly acquired veteran starting pitcher Gavin Floyd already owns one of the Tribe’s top four starting spots in the rotation. Led by Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, Floyd, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer will make up the Indians’ rotation with a number of others vying for the 5th starting spot this spring. The 5th spot will be between Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, T.J House, and Zach McAllister. McAllister is likely to start the year up with the club, whether as a starter or out in the bullpen, because he is out of club options. Projected starters Bauer and Carrasco are also out of options.

Floyd missed the majority of the 2013 season with the White Sox when he had Tommy John surgery. His injuries continued last season when he threw a breaking ball in a game with Braves that resulted in the breaking of the  olecranon bone in his elbow. Floyd was in the 7th inning of a two hit shutout when he broke the bone. He was 2-2 with a tidy 2.65 ERA in 9 starts at the time but the injury required surgery on June 25th and ended his season.

The Indians have had their eye on Floyd since the end of the season. They monitored his rehabilitation and watched him throw from 120 feet back in November, saying he looked free and easy. Antonetti reported that Floyd underwent an extensive physical at Progressive Field on Monday and that he would be ready to go when spring training starts on February 18th in Goodyear AZ. “We feel his elbow is fine…his (elbow) ligament is strong and intact and the fracture he suffered last season is well healed,” said Antonetti.

Some would speculate that this move improves the Indians rotation and possibly makes one of their other starters a potential trade piece. If spring training were to start today the Indians would have 8 starters with big league experience. Danny Salazar carries the most value of  the starters not securely implanted in the rotation, yet he is likely untouchable and a favorite to earn the fifth spot. Whether the Tribe front office is willing to part with any of the Indians’ other starters is yet to be determined. One thing that is for sure is that Antonetti must continue to  improve his club, considering the moves being made throughout the rest of the AL Central.

By: Brad Ward

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