Williams' best trade?

Williams' best trade?

Posted by scotgreg on Sun, 05/11/2008 - 16:45
Gavin Floyd didn't have it Sunday. After coming close to pitching two no-hitters this season, and holding opposing hitters to a paltry .149 average before his start against Seattle, Floyd was knocked around pretty good by the Mariners. The White Sox won't be getting a sympathy card from the Philadelphia Phillies. After taking Floyd on the first round (No. 4 overall) of the 2001 draft, the Phillies waited for the 25-year-old righty to emerge as a quality starter. Instead, Floyd bounced back and forth between the majors and minors, and his mental toughness was openly questioned. The Dec. 6, 2006 trade that brought Floyd and Gio Gonzalez to the Sox in exchange for Freddy Garcia should go down as one of general manager Kenny Williams' best. Garcia won only 1 game for the Phillies last season _ at a cost of $10 million _ before having season-ending shoulder surgery. Garcia is still trying to make a full recovery, and the free agent isn't expected to pitch this year. Gonzalez is a top pitching prospect, and the left-hander was sent to the Oakland A's in the Nick Swisher deal. Gonzalez is off to a slow start at Class AAA Sacramento (0-2, 5.18 ERA). As for Floyd, he has been very good for the White Sox this season, aside from Sunday's effort against the Mariners. And Floyd has made Williams look very good.
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