The Detroit Tigers have a couple of valuable trade assets they are looking to deal before the trade deadline at the end of the month, possibly the biggest being starting pitcher Matthew Boyd.
Plenty of rumors have been floating around recently as to where the Detroit Tigers could send starter Matthew Boyd. Teams like the Yankees, Brewers, and Phillies have all been rumored to have interest in striking a deal with the Tigers for the lefty, and yesterday another team was seemingly added into the mix.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi took to Twitter on Monday to report that the Houston Astros have shown interest in making a deal with the Detroit Tigers for Matthew Boyd.
The Astros do have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, highlighted by outfielder Kyle Tucker. A 2015 first-round pick, Tucker is currently listed as the number ten overall prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.
If Houston is unwilling to part with Tucker, then it may be advisable for Tigers GM Al Avila to look elsewhere first, as other squads could offer seemingly better deals. Boyd is arguably the closest thing Detroit has to an ace right now, and his arm could be incredibly valuable to any squad looking to add a final solid piece to its rotation before the postseason.
If the Tigers weren’t able to get Tucker in the Justin Verlander trade, it makes one wonder just how bad was Avila trying to get rid of JV? In this case, however, Avila should aim to be more hard-nosed and demand that Tucker be a part of the deal if Houston wants to add a talent arm with a few years of team control to its rotation.
Avila could likely get Clint Frazier plus a prospect or two from the Yankees in return for Boyd or possibly star infielder prospect Alec Bohm from Philadelphia. If either of those teams makes enticing offers, then Avila could use it as leverage toward Houston in order to push to get Tucker.
As the month of July continues and the trade deadline inches closer, the Matt Boyd sweepstakes are sure to heat up and become quite interesting. Make sure to follow Motor City Bengals on Twitter and Facebook and keep checking our website for the latest Detroit Tigers trade rumors and news.