Floyd was not expected to contend for a spot in the rotation, but bullied his way into the mix, going 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA this spring. The 23-year-old right-hander is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against Boston.
Franklin is 8-1 with a 3.83 ERA in his career as a reliever. According to the article, he will fill the role Ryan Madson held last season. Madson will become the team's No. 4 starter.
To clear room, the Phillies optioned Robinson Tejeda and Eude Brito to the minor leagues. Each started only one game this spring. Infielder Danny Sandoval was also optioned to the minors.
So much has changed since the day pitchers and catchers reported over a month ago. Suddenly, a player who brought nothing but despair last season has become a vital part of this team's quest for a championship. It's a credit to Floyd, and to the organization, for having faith and patience in a maturing player.
Good stuff, good stuff. The team appears brutally intent on bringing the best players of spring north. You've got to love that. The team may not stop there. Gillick is reportedly shopping for a reliever and fifth outfielder.