Many things went right for the Chicago White Sox in 2012, as the team competed in the AL Central when nobody expected them to. They brought the division down to the wire, and have plenty of players who exceeded expectations. Through most of the season, starting pitcher Gavin Floyd was not one of those players. But since returning from his second stint on the disabled list on Sept. 12, he's been making his case for a return in 2013.
After returning from the aforementioned stint on the DL, Floyd made an adjustment to his delivery at the suggestion of bench coach Mark Parent. Floyd said the change was getting his arm our earlier, which freed up his delivery a whole lot. Since then, he's done pretty well. CSN Chicago had a quote from him about his prospects to return next season:
"I'm optimistic for sure. I'm always optimistic and looking forward to next year. They haven't talked about anything. I hope I'm here for a long time. Chicago has become a second home for us, but it is baseball. It is a business and whatever happens happens."
Floyd has a $9.5 million team option for 2013. He went 12-11 with a 4.29 earned run average in 29 starts, though since he made the switch, he's gone 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA, allowing 21 hits against 30 strikeouts. He's received compliments from manager Robin Ventura, and his last start of the season was a good one.
He threw seven shutout innings in a 9-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. There's no word on whether or not the White Sox intend to pick up his option, but he's made it interesting at the very least.