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LA Dodgers Reportedly Interested in Tigers’ Breakout Starter Matt Boyd

Dodgers continue to have conversations on every front in the trade market.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 02: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on June 02, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have demonstrated a certain level of interest in left-handed starting pitcher Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

Boyd is under club control for another three seasons and is enjoying a massive breakout this season in Detroit after multiple seasons of mediocrity.

Boyd, owed only $2.6 million this season, has posted a 3.00 DRA in 107 innings of work, while compiling 142 strikeouts. This is his third full season in the big leagues and in the first two, he was awful, posting 6.46 DRA in 2017 and a 5.22 DRA in 2018.

This season, Matthew Boyd also boasts one of the best K-BB% in the sport, putting together a 32.0 K% and a minuscule 4.5 BB%. Moreover, he’s a left-handed pitcher that could potentially help fill the rotation spot of the injured Rich Hill.

Boyd should command a decent price in prospect capital considering his breakout and if the Dodgers do engage further, he could be a part of a package that includes Tigers’ closer Shane Greene, someone who is also reportedly of interest to the Dodgers.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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    • I agree here, Ralph, and also stay clear from dealing top prospects such as Lux, May, Will Smith. BP help is more important at this stage because in the PS and WS games are either won or lost in the BP.

      • I agree WS games are won and lost with BP. But proven commodities will cost top prospects. Dodgers are loaded with young talent so why not take a chance on trading some, not all, prospects? Eventually prospects get replaced with other prospects.

        So lets get over the fear of trading the next Yordan Alvarez because who knows, in time Alvarez may turn out to be another Scott Schebler.

  1. It’s time to bring up Smith and demote Barnes if he has options. If not DFA or trade him. We need another right handed starter. Kershaw at best is a number three or four starter.We know his track record in the playoffs. Maeda can not be trusted because of the long ball and is best suited for the bullpen. We are also vulnerable against left handed pitching.We need a quality right handed bat as we are too left handed. We can’t have Kiki in the everyday lineup but as a platoon player. His role is for late defensive purposes or pitch hitting. A true bench payer. Also if we get another starter, we can leave Urias in the bullpen this season and make him a starter next year. The present roster is constructed for competing in the weak National League,not against the American League power house teams. Andrew F.,are you listening? You have alot of work to do before July 31. Don’t let us down.

  2. So I have this theory. The Dodgers were doing just fine with Verdugo in center. But with Pollack coming back, I believe that it has messed with the success of the team and contributed to the pathetic 4 game losing streak. Honestly, it’s been tough watching the last 4 games. Whatever Mojo the team had, seems to be lost. Nobody is hitting and when we get on base we don’t score.

  3. I agree Pollock coming back is disruptive but theres no other way around it. Pollock is too good of a player not to plug him back into the lineup. Plus you have Seager back and hopefully some BP help coming and maybe SP. Given all this the team will need to regroup to get that mojo back. They have a comfortable lead in the NL west so they can afford this regrouping and play some good AL teams this second half of the season to measure themselves against. Remember it’s all about who playing hot in October.

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