Phil Rogers is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are considering making a waiver claim on White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd. Doing so, according to Rogers, would be a prelude to multi-player trade talks.
While trying to nail down a starting pitcher for next year is a fine goal, I’d have to question the wisdom of a large, multi-player deal driven by an interim GM. Wasn’t the entire reason the Cubs’ stood pat at the non-waiver trade deadline because they knew Jim Hendry was out the door, and team-building decisions should be made by the next guy?
I have a hard time seeing the Cubs suddenly changing course under Randy Bush (no offense to Mr. Bush) and making huge moves in late August.
Floyd, 28, is signed through 2012 ($7 million), with a team option in 2013 worth $9.5 million. Floyd has been trending downward the last few years, culminating this year in a 4.45 ERA over 155.2 innings.