Floyd threw a clean ninth on Monday against the Giants, striking out one while picking up his second hold of the year. With the Jays bullpen in flux, Floyd is seemingly emerging as a late-innings candidate to rack up holds. He's allowed a run in only two of his 12 appearances this season (1.88 ERA), and in recent weeks, manager John Gibbons has spoken highly of the former starter. In an unlikely turn of events, Floyd may have bypassed Brett Cecil and Drew Storen for the set-up role in Toronto.
Floyd threw his ninth consecutive scoreless inning, allowing one hit while lowering his ERA to 1.74 Wednesday against the White Sox. The righty wasn't called on much through the early weeks of the season, but has now racked up six innings in the team's last eight games. While most of the bullpen has been a disaster, Floyd hasn't allowed a run since his first appearance of the year on April 6. It appears manager John Gibbons may have found something in the 33-year-old working out of the pen, and Floyd could be in line for a few hold opportunities moving forward.
Floyd will open the season in the Blue Jays' bullpen, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. Floyd and Aaron Sanchez competed for the fifth starter job this spring, and manager John Gibbons announced Monday morning that Sanchez will open the season in the rotation, and Floyd will open it in the bullpen. Floyd did make it a close competition, posting a 2.19 ERA in his four spring appearances, so there's a good chance he would get the nod if the Blue Jays need to add a starter to the mix.
Floyd appears to be in a competition with Aaron Sanchez for the Jays' No. 5 starter job to begin the season, Sportsnet reports. Pitching in spring training for the first time since 2013, Floyd has a 9:1 K:BB over eight innings this spring. Sanchez has also pitched well, including a 10:1 K:BB over nine innings of Grapefruit League play. It's believed that Drew Hutchison and Jesse Chavez are behind Floyd and Sanchez in the battle for the final rotation spot, while Sanchez is the current frontrunner to begin the year with the job.
Floyd's deal with the Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million, with a million more in incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Floyd figured to miss all of 2015 after receiving elbow surgery, yet he managed to squeeze in seven relief experiences in September. Floyd's role with the Blue Jays is still up in the air, but the guaranteed money means he will almost certainly get a shot at the rotation in spring training.
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