Braves Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Gavin Floyd

Monday, December 16, 2013
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Gavin Floyd and the Atlanta Braves have reached agreement on a one-year deal, the team announced on Monday. A source familiar with the situation confirmed that the contract is worth $4.5 million with an additional $4.5 million in incentives. 

Floyd, 30, made just five starts for the White Sox before undergoing surgery on May 6. During the procedure, Dr. David Altchek reconstructed the right elbow by repairing a torn ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor tendon.

Because both the tendon and ligament were repaired, there is a chance Floyd could need more than the 12-month rehab that starting pitchers often do after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Floyd is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA in the 199 Major League starts he made since the Phillies selected him with the fourth overall selection in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. 

After producing a 5.89 ERA in 29 starts from 2004-07, Floyd displayed his promise, going 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 33 starts in 2008, but he has a 4.22 ERA in the 125 starts over the five seasons that followed.

On Monday, the Braves and RHP Brandon Beachy -- eligible for arbitration for the first time -- avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year contract, the financial specifics of which were not revealed.

Beachy, 27, is aiming to begin the 2014 season in Atlanta's rotation and regain the success he had before undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2012. He returned to make five starts this year before further discomfort in the elbow led to a "clean up" procedure in late September.

Earlier this month, Beachy said that he is on target to begin Spring Training without any restrictions. He regained full range of motion in the elbow by the end of October, and by late November, he was focusing on rebuilding his upper-body strength. Beachy's plan is to begin throwing in early January.

At the time of his Tommy John surgery, Beachy had a Major League-best 2.00 ERA. He is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA and a 9.25 strikeout-to-walks ratio in 46 career starts.

---- Source: MLB.com

Brandon Beachy
Brandon Beachy
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