PEORIA, Ariz. - Gavin Floyd seems unfazed by the trade rumors. A day after the latest report surfaced that the Toronto Blue Jays are still coveting the White Sox right-hander, Floyd looked very sharp in a four-inning start against the Padres.
"It's a good thing in a way. Teams want you,'' Floyd said after throwing 38 of his 59 pitches for strikes. "But I'm here in Chicago and I want to be here and it's our second home. I'm happy I'm here and that's what I look forward to, being here and having an impact in Chicago."
Floyd gave up a run on three singles while striking out the side in the first inning. He allowed two singles after that, leaving with the Sox leading 3-1. His breaking pitches were sharp, and he didn't walk a batter while striking out five.
''I feel like I'm building each outing,'' said Floyd, whose previous stints were in intrasquad and B games. "But even from the intrasquad, I'm getting ahead and doing everything you need to do as a starting pitcher.''
General manager Ken Williams has said that he's not looking to trade Floyd, although he entertained offers during the offseason. Dealing an important piece of the rotation for prospects would send a message the clubhouse won't want to hear: rebuild now, compete later.
When it was unclear which direction Williams was going in the offseason, Floyd remained calm.
"I was hearing things,'' he said. "People were text-messaging me and you just really.... until it happens, you really don't know. They're all rumors and a lot of those don't necessarily come from the teams.''
Said manager Robin Ventura: "I don't blame them. I don't see us involved in any of that, but I guess you never know. I see the interest, because he's that good.
"Yeah, I want to see him pitch with us. Definitely. Again you got to go through spring and see how that all pans out. But he's pitched well enough that I definitely want him in the rotation.''