Tigers To Sign Matt Boyd To One-Year Deal

The Tigers and left-hander Matt Boyd are in agreement on a new deal, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Heyman of The New York Post reports that it will be for more than $10MM, while Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports that it will be a one-year, $10MM deal with performance bonuses. Petzold also adds that the club considers Boyd a starter.

Boyd, 32 in February, was drafted by the Blue Jays and made his MLB debut with them, but he went to the Tigers in the 2015 David Price trade and has spent the bulk of his career there. Boyd then established himself as a solid member of the rotation over the next four years, getting into 109 games over the 2016-2019 stretch. His 4.67 ERA wasn’t elite, but he limited walks to a 7.3% rate and struck out 23.4% of batters faced.

That latter number was boosted by a strong 30.2% strikeout rate in 2019, which was among the top 10 among qualified pitchers that year. With the Tigers enduring a miserable season that year, Boyd was frequently mentioned in trade rumors but the club never found an acceptable deal and held onto him.

More to come.

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