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Rumor: Tigers willing to discuss Matthew Boyd in trade talks

Matthew Boyd, Tigers

Many expected the Detroit Tigers to move left-handed starting pitcher Matthew Boyd at the trade deadline, but due to the Tigers’ high asking price, Boyd stayed put.

Now, it looks like Detroit will revisit Boyd trade discussions, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the club is making him available in trade talks this offseason.

Morosi states that the Tigers’ price on Boyd remains high, noting they are seeking an impact position player in return for the lefty.

Based on Boyd’s track record, Detroit may have to lower its expectations.

In 32 starts this past season, Boyd went 9-12 with a 4.56 ERA, allowing 178 hits while striking out 238 batters over 185 1/3 innings of work. While the strikeouts are impressive, Boyd gave up 39 home runs, the worst mark in the MLB.

Not only that, but Boyd logged a very average 4.32 FIP and tallied a 5.52 ERA after the All-Star break. While he may be a strikeout artist, he is not exactly Gerrit Cole (or even James Paxton, for that matter).

The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate baseball at Oregon State, was originally selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. However, he failed to sign, and the following year, the Toronto Blue Jays chose him in the 12th round.

Boyd made his big-league debut in 2015, making two starts for the Blue Jays before being traded to the Tigers in a deal that sent David Price to Toronto. In 11 appearances and 10 starts with Detroit that season, Boyd went 1-4 with a 6.57 ERA.

Since then, Boyd has pitched like a back-of-the-rotation starter, logging ERAs of 4.53, 5.27, 4.39 and 4.56, respectively, over the last four seasons.