Trade speculation doesn’t faze Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org March 13, 2012 8:26PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd works against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a spring training baseball game on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Updated: April 15, 2012 8:15AM
PEORIA, Ariz. — Right-hander Gavin Floyd seems unfazed by the trade rumors.
A day after the latest report surfaced that the Toronto Blue Jays still are looking to acquire him, Floyd looked very sharp in a four-inning start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.
‘‘It’s a good thing, in a way; teams want you,’’ Floyd said after throwing 38 of his 59 pitches for strikes. ‘‘But I’m here in Chicago, and I want to be here. It’s our second home.’’
Floyd allowed a run on three singles while striking out the side in the first inning. He allowed two singles after that, leaving with the Sox leading 3-1. His breaking pitches were sharp, and he struck out five without a walk.
‘‘I don’t blame them,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of teams’ interest in Floyd. ‘‘I don’t see us involved in any of that, but I guess you never know. I see the interest because he’s that good.’’
General manager Ken Williams has said he’s not looking to trade Floyd, although he entertained offers during the offseason. Dealing an important piece of the rotation for prospects would send a message the clubhouse wouldn’t want to hear: Rebuild now, compete later.
‘‘Yeah, I want to see him pitch with us,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘Again, you’ve got to go through spring and see how that all pans out. But he’s pitched well enough that I definitely want him in the rotation.’’
Slugger Adam Dunn, who was scratched from the lineup Tuesday because of a stiff neck, is expected back in the lineup Wednesday, Ventura said. Dunn said he could have played, if needed.
Dunn, who is coming off the worst season of his career, has had a solid spring, going 3-for-11 with four walks and four RBI. His hits include a home run and a double.
Not closing time yet
The closer situation seems no closer to being resolved than it was at the start of camp, but it will begin to take shape soon and go down to the end.
‘‘Yeah, last week,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘As we keep going along, we will have more of our team in longer, situational-type stuff. We’ll see how it kind of pans out.’’
Addison Reed allowed a run and three hits in an inning against the Padres.