Padres “evaluating” Matthew Boyd as trade candidate

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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.

Miguel Cabrera, Nick Castellanos, and Jordan Zimmerman do not make sense for the Friars, but the Tigers best pitcher might.

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.

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.

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6 thoughts on “Padres “evaluating” Matthew Boyd as trade candidate

  1. The Padres need to fill holes in their roster, not make even bigger holes by trading away the best two corner outfielders we’ve had in years. That would just make another hole that needs to be replaced. Add pitching depth, yes. Especially in the bullpen, but not at the expense of our most productive big league talent. Utilize that world class farm system.

  2. Boyd has had all of two good months in the Majors and our rotation already leans a little far to the left.

  3. I would never trade Reyes or Renfroe for a “marginal” pitcher like Boyd having a very good year. You simply don’t trade an everyday player for a pitcher that plays every 5 days. A stud, Ace pitcher, sure. Just not anything less. Now if we traded for Boyd at the cost of a young prospect or 2, fine.

    I swear I think writers make up these ideas just to get readers to notice them.

    1. I feel we have 3 LHP who could turn into Boyd with the opportunity in Lucchasi, Lauer, or Logan Allen. I say pass.

      It is nice to know, it would take just half of a solid season to turn any of these 3 into major trade chips.

      Lucchasi since May 1st is 4-2 with a 3.46 ERA for instance.

      Lauer except two disasters in Colorado is 5-5 with a 2.92 ERA on the year.

      I honestly don’t understand how Boyd has 3x more WAR than either Lucchasi or Lauer actually. The numbers don’t make sense. Boyd has one more start, has more IP than Lucchasi by 11, and Lauer by 16.

      Boyd is 6-6, 3.87 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 1.121 WHIP, 18 starts, 20 BB, 142 SO, 107 IP

      Lucchasi is 7-4, 3.94 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 1.115 WHIP, 17 starts, 26 BB, 92 SO, 96 IP

      Lauer is 5-7, 4.04 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 1.303 WHIP, 17 starts, 25 BB, 72 SO, 91.1 IP

      To me they look like the same pitcher, so why trade for another.

      Can someone tell me, why Boyd has 3.0 bWAR so far this year?

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