The Cleveland pitching staff got a boost on Tuesday as the team signed right-handed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.     

The team announced the move on Twitter:

Jordan Bastian of has more details on the contract:

Floyd, who suffered an elbow fracture last year while pitching for the Atlanta Braves, went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 54.1 innings over nine starts. It was the second season he had cut short after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013.

The team clearly isn’t worried about any lingering elbow issues, however.

Cleveland’s starting staff managed just 78 quality starts last season, tied for 11th in the American League, but it has a solid core in place that Floyd will reinforce. The club tweeted the expected rotation after the signing:

Floyd should slide nicely into the rotation and will complement team ace Corey Kluber, along with the duo of Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer, each of whom came into his own last season.

Add in one of the more underrated bullpens in the American League, and Cleveland’s pitching staff is looking pretty good heading into the 2015 MLB season with Floyd’s addition.



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