In their search for starting pitching, the San Diego Padres have now been linked to Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers.
The San Diego Padres need pitching.
The Detroit Tigers are falling and doing it at a rapid pace. With a 28-57 record, the Tigers are focused more now on a #1 pick than securing a possible playoff spot. There are several reports out of the Motor City that the team wishes to unload high-priced players and bring in fresh young talent.
Left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd currently leads all of the majors with a 7.1 strikeout-to-walk rate. He currently owns a 3.87 ERA to go with a 1.121 WHIP. Boyd has struck out 142 batters in 107 innings pitched. His 11.9 K’s per nine innings is a new career best. He could be a pitcher on the rise.
Matthew Boyd is hardly a household name though, and there is a reason behind that. The 28-year-old lefty has never had much success before the 2019 season. With an overall record of 28-41 in his career with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.312 WHIP, there are some reasons to be concerned about his real value.
The Padres have been linked to him and are reportedly at the “evaluation” portion of a potential deal. In this report by Jon Morosi, he speculates the Padres could move Franmil Reyes or Hunter Renfroe to obtain Boyd.
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 12, 2019
The Padres presently have Eric Lauer, Joey Lucchesi, Matt Strahm, and Logan Allen in the rotation. MacKenzie Gore, Nick Margevicius and Adrian Morejon are in the minors. Trading for another lefty makes little sense. Boyd is not a fireballer either nor a true ace in any sense of the imagination.
Dealing Hunter Renfroe and or Franmil Reyes for anything less than a superstar talent would be foolish. The Padres will listen to all offers, but they DO NOT need to make a deal. They can very easily hold on to what they have and explore options in the offseason. The Padres will not be rushed into making a trade that jeopardizes the future.
Matthew Boyd is a good pitcher having a great year. He is under control through the 2022 season, and that is a bonus. But the Padres would be wise to do their homework and stay patient when attempting to acquire a pitcher to help them get to that promised land. Matthew Boyd, at a reasonable price, is an interesting option for the Friars, but the team should not get into a bidding war for someone with so many uncertainties. In the end, a team like the Yankees, Cubs or Dodgers will go the extra mile in acquiring Boyd. Those franchise can take the risk as they are currently structured to go for it all. The Padres’ competitive window is just opening.