CLEVELAND - Gavin Floyd was blindsided when the Philadelphia Phillies traded him to the White Sox for Freddy Garcia in 2006. It taught him to keep both eyes on the road and be ready for anything.
Depending on how the Sox plan for next year, Floyd could be a subject of trade rumors this off-season. As a proven starting pitcher who is under contract through 2012 (at $7 million) with a club option for 2013, he'll have trade value, and is one piece the Sox could move.
This time, he won't flinch if he hears his name come up. And he won't be shocked if anything comes of it.
"The funny thing is when I was traded, it was the last thing on my mind,'' Floyd said.
"I've been a part of trade talks the last two or three years.''
Floyd, who will take a 12-12 record and 4.46 ERA into his last start of the season against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday, has a good working relationship with pitching coach Don Cooper, who got Floyd "back to the basics and having confidence in myself and my ability.''
The 28-year-old right-hander, and his wife had their first child last off-season. enjoys the team, loves Chicago and wants to stay.
"I plan on being here next year,'' he said. "If it happens, I know it's God's plan. When it does happen, you deal with it.''