The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd on a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training, the team announced.
The oft-injured former top prospect, now almost 34, spent 2016 in Toronto's bullpen and posted a 4.06 ERA over 31 innings pitched with a 3.95 FIP. It’s mildly surprising that he was unable to secure himself a major league contract.
However, he will compete with Mike Bolsinger, Bo Schultz, T.J. House, Brett Oberholtzer and Leonel Campos for the long-reliever role in spring training. Bolsinger and Schultz are both out of options and Floyd will likely opt-out of his contract if he doesn’t make the roster out of spring training.
Since 2013, Floyd has really struggled with injuries as he has not pitched over 55 innings since the 2012 season. Prior to that, however, he had made a decent career for himself as a mid-rotation starter, posting a decent enough 4.12 ERA with a slightly above-average 108 ERA+. He is a decent depth addition for the Jays.null