Braves sign pitcher Gavin Floyd to one-year pact

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The Atlanta Braves have signed free-agent pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract reportedly worth $4 million.

According to a source, the deal could earn Gavin $4.5 million more from potential performance and roster bonuses. It was completed after Floyd passed a physical.

The deal does not include a club option for 2015, meaning Floyd will be able to go back on the market a year from now as a free agent.

The 30-year-old Floyd is 70-70 with a 4.48 ERA over parts of 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. His best season was 2008, when he went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA in 206 1/3 innings with Chicago.

He underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in May and is hoping to be back in the big leagues by May 2014, barring setbacks in his rehab.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier reported that the Braves were nearing an agreement with Floyd.

The Braves’ rotation consists of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Alex Wood, with David Hale as an additional candidate.

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