Floyd out of the picture for local-thinking Orioles

Floyd out of the picture for local-thinking Orioles
October 31, 2012, 11:15 am
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White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at US Cellular Field.

(Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE)

You can cross Gavin Floyd’s name off the list of possible Orioles for 2013.

Floyd’s $9.5 million option for next year was exercised by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old right-hander is always speculated about because he has local ties. Born in Annapolis, Md., Floyd was a neighbor of Mark Teixeira and they went to the same high school, Baltimore’s Mount St. Joseph’s.

Three years younger than Teixeira, Floyd was taken as the fourth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2001 immediately ahead of Teixeira.

In 2012, Floyd was 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA, and he has a career record of 70-66 with a 4.46 ERA.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette likes to have local players on the team, and he’s established a close relationship with Dean Albany, who’s well connected in the area.

The Orioles have two local products, Steve Johnson, whose father Dave played for the team, and outfielder L.J. Hoes, who got a brief look in September.

Johnson is a lifelong Baltimorean, and Hoes lives in Mitchellville, Md., which is near Bowie.

During spring training, the Orioles gave a tryout to Josh Banks, who is from Severna Park, Md., played parts of four seasons for Toronto, San Diego and Houston. He was represented by former slugger Gary Sheffield.

He was quickly cut.

When Teixeira was a free agent four years ago, the Orioles bid on him, but he didn’t seriously consider them and signed with the Yankees.  They also bid on A.J. Burnett, who’s not from the area, but lives in Monkton, Md. Burnett also signed with New York, and was traded to Pittsburgh before the season.

Duquette wants to sign more local players and have area fans watch them play at the four local affiliates, Aberdeen, Delmarva, Frederick and Bowie.

In June’s draft, they picked left-handed pitcher Josh Hader from Millersville, Md. In the 19th round and Ryan Ripken in the 20th. , Ripken  elected to attend South Carolina instead of playing pro ball. They also signed pitcher Sander Beck, another Millersville product from the University of Maryland, as a free agent.

Three Orioles managers, Ray Miller, Sam Perlozzo and Cal Ripken Sr., were Maryland natives.

Of course, lifelong Marylander Cal Ripken Jr. is the most prominent local Oriole, but there have been many others.

Harold Baines, who lives in St. Michaels, was born in Easton. Baines, who is currently a coach with the Chicago White Sox, played seven seasons with the Orioles, commuting daily over the Bay Bridge.

Pitchers Steve Barber, who died in 2007 and Dave Boswell, who passed away during the summer and Tom Phoebus, were all Baltimore natives.

There’s a lengthy list of players who weren’t originally from Baltimore, but who made it their home after their Orioles career.

Paul Blair, Mike Bordick, Terry Crowley, Joe Durham, Dick Hall, Ron Hansen, Tippy Martinez, Gary Matthews, Scott McGregor, Melvin Mora, Jim Palmer, Arthur Rhodes, Brooks Robinson, Larry Sheets, and Ken Singleton all live in the Baltimore area.

Brady Anderson was born in Silver Spring, Md., but his family moved to California when he was a baby.