It's barely even a rumor. Still:
Even so, Floyd said the operation was less complicated than the one on his right Achilles two years earlier, and after visiting yesterday with team physician Struan Coleman in New York, he was assured he would be ready for spring training.
"I'm expecting a speedy recovery," Floyd said. "I may get hurt, but I always told you guys, I heal quick. I've had no pain at all since the surgery."
...His first choice is the Cubs, who would give him the chance to play in his hometown, and Floyd's preference is to remain in the National League because of his familiarity with the pitching staffs.
But he's also had preliminary discussions with the Athletics and Orioles, and there is the possibility he may have to sign a one-year contract - as Frank Thomas did a year ago in Oakland - just to show that he can be the same hitter who slugged a career-best 34 home runs in 2005.
Preliminary discussions="we might want to sign you if we lose the Carlos Lee sweepstakes". I'd be perfectly happy with a one-year Floyd rental if that happens. At the very least, assuming he hits okay, he'd be trade bait at the deadline.
Why not try to do the Frank-Thomas-kinda deal we didn't do last year?