Boyd had the best season of his young career last year, and still carries a ton of team control which will make him a very appealing trade target for any number of teams this offseason.
The 27-year-old left-hander doesn’t figure to be a big part of Detroit’s future rotation once the rebuild is over, making him a prime candidate to be in a new uniform come Opening Day 2019.
Boyd went 9-13 with a 4.39 ERA and a 8.40 K/9 last year, solid numbers that would land him at the back-end of most playoff rotations. The Tigers have no reason to just give him away however, and any return Detroit gets should include either highly regarded prospects or a young, big league ready player they can use right away.
Plenty of other teams might be looking for rotation help this offseason, including the Cardinals, Astros, Brewers, Cubs and Phillies.
Boyd has been the prize of the David Price trade, and he could help Detroit gain even more prospects that could become building blocks for their eventual return to prominence.