Gavin Floyd has pitched well since he returned from the disabled list Sept 12, and the team has a decision to make on bringing back the starting pitcher next season. The White Sox hold an option for $9.5 million for 2013 on the right-hander, who has just completed the final guaranteed year of the four-year extension he signed in 2009.
Floyd sounds as if he'd like to stay in Chicago, and he had the following to say to the media on Wednesday (viaCSNChicago):
"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 threw 168 total innings for Chicago in 2012, compiling a 12-11 record and a 4.29 ERA. He made some mechanical adjustments on his return from the DL in September, going 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in that period of time. He had the following to say about the adjustments he made:
"I’m able to be fluid and a little more aggressive with my pitches," Floyd said. "It has really freed me up and I feel real good about it."
Floyd has been with the White Sox since December of 2006, when he and Gio Gonzalez were acquired from the Phillies for Freddy Garcia. For the course of his career, Floyd has a 70-66 record to go along with a 4.46 ERA.