3 Trade Destinations for Detroit Tigers Starter Matthew Boyd
With a 27-52 record, the Detroit Tigers clearly haven't had a season to be proud of in 2019. Yet, one of the few bright spots for the club this year has been the emergence of starting pitcher Matthew Boyd. The 28-year-old southpaw is in the midst of a career year in the Motor City, sporting a 5-6 record with a 3.72 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 17 starts (101 2/3 innings).
Boyd's stock is at an all-time high right now and, as the trade deadline nears, is rightfully garnering interest from starter-needy teams around the league. With that in mind, here are three ideal trade destinations for Matthew Boyd.
3. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are firmly in the NL East drivers seat, but they could use some rotation help if they want to make their World Series aspirations a reality. The Braves have used six different pitchers in the final spot in their rotation this season and none of them performed well enough to lock down the job. Boyd is a consistent innings-eater that can be easily acquired without gutting Atlanta's farm system, making him the perfect trade target for a team still searching for a quality fifth starter.
2. Houston Astros
Houston has a commanding lead in the AL West as we approach the All-Star break, but the starting staff could use another quality arm if the club wants to challenge the Yankees for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Adding Boyd to their rotation would give the Astros a strong back-of-the-rotation starter, while giving them the flexibility to move either Colin McHugh or Brad Peacock back to the bullpen.
1. New York Yankees
The New York Yankees' need for starting pitching has been pretty well-documented this season and if they want to stay at the top of the AL East for the rest of the season, they're going to have to do something about it before the deadline. With Luis Severino's status for this season up in the air, adding one more innings-eating rental, such as Boyd, to take J.A. Happ's (5.23 ERA) place in the rotation would be the the perfect move to completely round out New York's rotation for the rest of the season.
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