GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Plenty of scouts figure to be on hand Tuesday in Peoria, Ariz., to watch Gavin Floyd pitch against the Padres. One of those scouts should be from the Blue Jays, who have watched Floyd's first two Spring Training appearances, and have continued interest in the right-hander according to FoxSports.com.
Toronto's pursuit of Floyd, though, doesn't necessarily mean he's available. When asked about his projected No. 3 starter, general manager Ken Williams told MLB.com in an e-mail, "I am not looking to move him."
Floyd's four straight seasons of at least 30 starts and at least 187 innings, not to mention just one year left on his four-year deal at $7 million, makes him an attractive addition. The White Sox have rotation options in Hector Santiago, Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, but the team will rely on its starting pitching to find any sort of success this season.
Moving Floyd before the 2012 campaign even begins would shift the modified rebuilding process closer to straight rebuilding.