The Orioles made a significant attempt to bring Gavin Floyd home to Baltimore, according to an industry source, but the free-agent right-hander decided on a lesser, shorter deal with the Atlanta Braves in order to re-enter the open market again next winter.

The 30-year-old Floyd, who grew up in Severna Park and played high school baseball at Mount St. Joseph, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves on Monday that, according to, includes an additional $4.5 million in potential incentives and bonuses.

The deal allows Floyd, a 10-year veteran coming off elbow ligament surgery last May, to be a free agent at the end of 2014.

According to the industry source, the Orioles were highly interested in Floyd and offered a two-year deal that could have been worth as much as $20 million with incentives, but were turned down. The Orioles did not want Floyd on a one-year deal because he is not expected to be ready to pitch until May, and the club coveted his services for more than one season.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter and scout Dean Albany, who managed Floyd as an amateur, met with the pitcher during the winter meetings last week in Orlando. Floyd now lives in Clearwater, Fla., but still has family in Severna Park.