Cleveland Indians: Are any Detroit starting pitchers on Tribe’s radar?

Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Matthew Boyd

On the 10-day Injured List, Matthew Boyd hasn’t pitched since June 14 and likely won’t until after the All-Star break at the earliest. The injury has been reported as muscular tendinitis in his triceps, so it’s an injury that will heal with time and doesn’t have any structural damage. For teams interested in Boyd, that’s a great thing to hear.

As for this season, Boyd was in the middle of a rather decent season. In fact, statistically he is on pace for his best season yet with a 3.44 ERA. After leading baseball in earned runs allowed and home runs given up just a year ago, it seems as though Boyd has weathered the storm a bit.

Over 13 starts he allowed a total of 27 earned runs and just six home runs. He also struck out 56 batters and walked 19 over 70.2 innings pitched. Those numbers don’t jump off the page, but they are far better than what Cleveland currently has in the rotation.

As for his contact, Boyd was signed on for a total of $6.5 million this season and has one year of arbitration remaining. That could raise is value a bit, but the question will be if Detroit sees him as part of their future.

If the answer is yes, then prying him away will be difficult. If the answer is no, this would be the best opportunity Detroit has to move him. With a year left of control, his value is higher than it would be next season. Plus, he’s having a really strong season. Now, he just needs to get healthy.