As the MLB trade deadline is now less than a week away, offers should begin pouring in for some of the Detroit Tigers’ biggest trade pieces within the next few days.
Among the most coveted targets for several clubs looking to buy at the impending trade deadline is Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd. Though he may not be considered a full-blown ace, the lefty has become the closest thing the Tigers have to an ace this season, leading to more than a handful of teams expressing some interest in adding Boyd to their starting rotations.
Teams such as the Yankees, Phillies, Dodgers, Brewers, and more have been rumored over the past few months as to having some level of interest in making a deal for Boyd. Now, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, a new and unexpected suitor has seemingly entered the mix.
Per Morosi’s tweet on Thursday, the San Francisco Giants now may have an interest in trying to trade for Matthew Boyd as well. This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Giants’ own star lefty, Madison Bumgarner, was and still might be on the trading block.
San Francisco’s interest in Boyd comes as they now find themselves just 3.5 GB from a National League Wild Card spot. The Giants were near the basement of the National League for much of this year, which led to the speculation that Bumgarner would be sold away. However, the Giants are 16-3 so far in July and now may envision themselves as possible postseason contenders.
If that is the case, it would be interesting to see what the Detroit Tigers might ask for in return for Boyd. The Giants don’t exactly have an “established young star” that GM Al Avila might want, but star OF prospects with big bats in San Fransisco’s system such as Heliot Ramos or Chris Shaw could be possible prospects to highlight the deal.
Since it now seems as if San Francisco may be intent on keeping Bumgarner and flipping from sellers to buyers at the deadline due to a hot July, it would be interesting if they end up seriously pursuing Boyd. The Giants could present a decent deal for the Detroit Tigers as they have some intriguing prospects, but who knows if they can meet Avila’s steep asking price.