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Detroit Tigers to keep Matthew Boyd despite trade rumors

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SEATTLE, WA - JULY 28: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 28: Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 28, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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The trade deadline has come and gone and the Detroit Tigers did not deal their starting pitcher Matthew Boyd, despite speculation.

The trade deadline was at 4:00 p.m. EST today and Matthew Boyd is still a member of the Detroit Tigers. There was a lot of speculation over where Boyd would end up, and it looks like he’ll be staying in Detroit for the time being. Boyd has stated in the past that he had hoped to stay with the Tigers.

Boyd was likely not traded due to his contract. He is not scheduled to be a free agent until after the 2022 season, which means that any team trading for him would have to pick up his contract as well as meeting Detroit’s asking price, which was reported to be pretty high. Given that they traded away Nicholas Castellanos and Shane Greene, it seems like Avila didn’t want to give up Boyd as well.

This is good news for those who are fans of Boyd. He has been Detroit’s best starting pitcher this season by far. He is currently having his best career year in almost every category, sporting a 3.94 ERA with 178 strikeouts over 22 starts. He also seems to be in good physical health, which is a positive sign going forward.

Since Boyd is 28 and not scheduled to be going anywhere until after the 2022 season, there is time for the Tigers to rebuild around him. If he can continue improving and other players start developing, he could be a centerpiece for the team in years to come. He likes the team and plays hard, and it looks like he wants to stay in Detroit for a while.

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With the acquisition of more prospects at the trade deadline, it will be interesting to see how the Detroit Tigers proceed. Hopefully, we will begin to see some of the young players up at the major league level before the season ends.

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