The two sides have discussed former Mount St. Joe pitcher Gavin Floyd as a starting point in trade talks. The Orioles might need more, though the White Sox would want it to be straight-up, since they’d be surrendering a 17-game winner.
At least Orioles president Andy MacPhail could say he brought a local kid home. It’s just not Mark Teixeira.
Anyway, that’s the buzz.
As much as I hate advocating this, I say if we could get another prospect or two to sweeten the deal — do it. Roberts may or may not sign an extension with Baltimore, and this point, he’ll more than likely be well into his mid-30′s before the team reaches contention.
After a shaky few seasons in the majors, Floyd was 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA and with 145 strikeouts in a breakout year in 2008. He’ll be 26 in a few weeks, he’s a local guy, and a 6-foot-4 righty.
If the deal looks good, and you get an indication that Roberts doesn’t want to be around for the rebuilding process in Baltimore, this might be a move worth making.