Posted December 16, 2013

Braves sign starter Gavin Floyd to 1-year deal

Gavin Floyd (David Banks/Getty Images)

Gavin Floyd is 70-70 in 10 seasons with the White Sox and Phillies. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Gavin Floyd, a 10-year veteran with the Phillies and White Sox, agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

The deal is worth $4 million, and could include up to $4.5 million more in performance bonuses, a source said.

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Floyd, 30, is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA in 199 games (187 starts), and his best season came in 2008, when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 206 1/3 innings for the White Sox. He won at least 10 games five straight seasons before injuries limited to only five starts last year.

He had Tommy John surgery in May to repair a torn UCL in his right elbow and hopes to be able to return by May.

The Braves’ rotation lost Tim Hudson in November when he signed a two-year deal with the Giants.

Atlanta reportedly is also pursuing trades for the Rays’ David Price and the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija.

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This is supposedly to provide "insurance" for our young starters, but what kind of insurance is a pitcher who is recovering from major arm surgery and who is, at best, projected to not be able to start until at least some time in May? And, if he does start in May, how many innings will he be able to throw? Usually these guys are put on strict innings limits after this kind of surgery, so he's not going be able to carry a lot of the load either way.