There were those who would have wagered a tidy sum that right-hander Gavin Floyd wouldn't have been around for SoxFest.
His named has been tossed around in numerous trade rumors ever since general manager Ken Williams said the Sox were going to rebuild or tweak their roster to get younger. He is signed through this season with a club option for 2013. His value as a middle of the rotation starter makes him a valuable piece for buyers and sellers.
"You know it's happening [trade talk] but you have zero control over it so to think about it for a second is a waste of your time,'' Floyd said. "When i got traded to the White Sox [by the Phillies) it caught me by complete surprise. I got called while watching a TV show in December. You have no control over it. You listen to it, you anticipate, but there is nothing you can do.''
Floyd has no desire to leave.
"I love Chicago, I want to be here,'' he said. "I've been part of this organization for four or five years. I feel like I've grown and gotten better every year and established relationships I'll cherish the rest of my life. We love Chicago. I try not to think of it too much.''
Players are often kept in the dark when it comes to trade discussion.
"The only time they said something was last year when my name was coming up,'' Floyd said. "[General manager] Kenny told me, 'Dont worry, nothing is happening.''
Floyd hasn't heard that this year, though.
"No, no," he said with a chuckle.