ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves added a needed veteran for their rotation Monday when they agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with right-hander Gavin Floyd.
Now the question is when Floyd will be ready to pitch.
Floyd, 30, is recovering from surgery in May to repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his right elbow. That ended his seventh season with the White Sox.
He passed a physical in Atlanta on Monday before completing the deal, which also includes roster and performance bonuses.
Floyd said his arm "feels tremendous."
"It's nice to start over, create the right mechanics ... all the simple things to become more natural," he said.
Atlanta also avoided arbitration with pitcher Brandon Beachy, agreeing to a $1.45 million, one-year deal. He would earn a $25,000 bonus for 30 starts.
Floyd, who spoke at Turner Field on Monday, said he already has recovered his arm speed and is just working on endurance. He said he has been cleared to throw from 55 feet.
Braves general manager Frank Wren said he hopes Floyd can be ready in May. Despite his optimistic update on his recovery, Floyd said "I have no idea" when he'll be ready to pitch.
Floyd said he liked the Braves, who won the NL East in 2013, for their consistent success.
"It just seemed like all the arrows were pointing to Atlanta," he said.
Wren said he expects Floyd to be a "solid, middle of the rotation starter."