Who Should the Detroit Tigers Target in a Potential Matthew Boyd Trade?

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 21, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 21, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – JULY 07: Kyle Tucker #3 of the Houston Astros singles to right field in the seventh inning for his first major league hit against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park on July 7, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – JULY 07: Kyle Tucker #3 of the Houston Astros singles to right field in the seventh inning for his first major league hit against the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park on July 7, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

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The Detroit Tigers have a history of trading with the Astros, as they famously traded Justin Verlander there two years ago. When making that trade, the Tigers were adamant in getting one of the Astros top prospects, Kyle Tucker, but they were unable to nab him.

Tucker is exactly the type of player that the Tigers need in their system. He is a 6-foot-4 outfielder that has plenty of pop in his bat, something Detroit needs desperately. This season in Triple-A Tucker is slashing .269/.352/.571 and adds 24 HRs and 66 RBI to that slash line.

The Tigers need to insist upon making him the centerpiece of any trade that would send Boyd to the ‘Stros. Tucker could make an impact immediately and if the organization wanted to play it safe then they could count on him being an opening day starter in the outfield next year.

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