Could Detroit Tigers’ starter Matthew Boyd be an option for the San Diego Padres in their quest for pitching?
With little to nothing available on the open market in terms of reliable starting pitching, the San Diego Padres’ interest in Tigers’ LHP Matthew Boyd could rekindle.
The San Diego Padres showed interest in Boyd last summer when the Tigers explored the idea of trading their best pitcher. Ultimately, Detroit decided against a trade, but word is the team is now prepared to move Boyd in an attempt to restructure their roster for 2020.
Matthew Boyd is relatively expensive for the Tigers as he is expected to earn over $6 million in arbitration this coming season. The lefty has three years of service time in his current contract, and that makes his value pretty high on the trade market, so the Tigers can expect to gain a decent return for the pitcher.
The Padres have young players that could be enticing to Detroit.
The real question is if the Padres view the soon-to-be 29-year-old as an upgrade in their rotation. Boyd had a breakout year of sorts in 2019 as he struck out 238 batters in 185.1 innings. He also amassed a 3.5 WAR total despite a 9-12 record and an ERA of 4.56. He does not have a power fastball, but his K-rate jumped to an 11.6 this past season from an 8.4 total in 2018.
The southpaw is a flyball pitcher who allowed 39 homers last year, which led the American League. Petco Park is not the pitcher’s park it once was, so this is a slight concern for the Friars. His K-rate has climbed over the last three seasons, and his walk-rate has lowered each year dictated that he may be trending towards being a top-end pitcher.
Standing in at 6-foot-3 pitcher he has good size and a bit of a funkiness to his mechanics. Left-handed batters only managed a .711 OPS off the Tigers’ hurler last season. There is some risk with Boyd, but he seems capable of sustaining his inflated strikeout numbers. He owns a career 31-47 record in five Major League seasons with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.320 WHIP. In the majors, 119 of his 122 games have come as a starting pitcher as he features a decent arsenal capable of getting batters out a third time through the lineup.
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A.J. Preller and his staff will leave no stone unturned. Matthew Boyd is undoubtedly on the team’s radar. If the cost is sufficient, the Padres could very well pull the trigger on a deal. The lefty is under contract for the next three seasons, and that could go a long way for a generally youthful pitching staff.