Williams: Nats want to make amends for 2013
Nearly halfway through a quiet offseason – for them at least – the Atlanta Braves have finally made their first significant move.
Free agent pitcher Gavin Floyd and the Braves have reached agreement on a one-year deal worth $4 million at base value, and an extra $4.5 million in potential bonuses based on performance goals.
Floyd isn’t exactly a Cy Young candidate, but the contract presents little risk for the Braves. The 30-year-old veteran will look to bounce back from the Tommy John surgery he had in May. It will take at least a month into the 2014 season for him to return, so a May debut date is the goal.
The Braves like the depth in their rotation and Floyd will simply add to that. They already have Mike Minor, Kris Medlen, Julio Teheran, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood. David Hale is also a candidate, but there’s not much room in there for competition.
Floyd could challenge for the final spot in the rotation and provide insurance for Beachy who returned from Tommy John last year with mixed results. Floyd has ten seasons and 199 games under his belt. He has never been elite, but when healthy he’s usually been a reliable back of the rotation guy.
The Braves needed somebody of the Floyd variety to replace Tim Hudson who left to join the San Francisco Giants. With a young rotation, Floyd will be the experienced old hand providing stability on the backend.
Rumors have tied the Braves to David Price and Jeff Samardzija, but no serious links have emerged. Their rotation as listed above could be what it looks like on Opening Day. They won 96 games and the NL East last year, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.