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White Sox acquire Gavin Floyd and player to be named later from Philadelphia for Freddy Garcia
12/07/2006 12:05 AM ET
ORLANDO -- The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd and a player to be named later from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia.

Floyd, 23, split the 2006 season between Philadelphia and Class AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was 4-3 with a 7.29 ERA (44 ER/54.1 IP), 34 strikeouts and one complete game in 11 starts with the Phillies and 7-4 with a 4.23 ERA (54 ER/115.0 IP), 85 strikeouts and two complete games in 17 starts with Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Floyd has gone 7-5 with a 6.96 ERA (84 ER/108.2 IP) and 75 strikeouts in 24 games (19 starts) in his major-league career and 38-40 with a 3.77 ERA (296 ER/706.0 IP) and 549 strikeouts in 117 games (112 starts) over five minor-league seasons. Floyd was the fourth overall pick by the Phillies in the 2001 draft and competed in the MLB Futures Game in 2003 and 2004.

"Gavin gives us one of the best young arms in baseball," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams. "We expect him to compete with Brandon McCarthy for the fifth spot in the starting rotation and the player to be named later is a key part of this deal."

Garcia, 30, went 17-9 with a 4.53 ERA (109 ER/216.1 IP) and 135 strikeouts in 33 starts with the White Sox in 2006. He tied for fourth in the American League in victories.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Garcia is 116-71 with a 4.01 ERA (732 ER/1,643.2 IP) and 1,202 strikeouts over seven major-league seasons with Seattle (1999-2004) and the White Sox (2004-06). Garcia, the all-time victory leader among Venezuelan pitchers, went 40-21 with a 4.24 ERA (258 ER/547.1 IP) and 383 strikeouts in 82 starts with the Sox after being acquired from the Mariners on June 27, 2004.

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