Detroit Tigers: Can Matt Boyd hit the reset button ahead of 2023?

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) pitches for the Mariners during the 2022 season.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (48) pitches for the Mariners during the 2022 season. / Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers' Matt Boyd is hoping to hit reset button on performance.

The Detroit Tigers are getting closer to the 2023 season. On paper, Matthew Boyd is slated to be the team's no.2 starter, according to the FanGraphs depth chart. This comes after he agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Tigers during the off-season.

The interesting thing about Boyd getting $10 million from the Detroit Tigers is that it seems to be based on the belief that he can get back on track with a clean bill of health. Plus, there's a good chunk of faith coming from Scott Harris since he played a part in bringing Boyd to the Bay Area to join the San Francisco Giants ahead of the 2022 season.

Boyd signed with the Giants in March. He had undergone flexor tendon surgery and was still working back toward 100%. It's the same procedure that Tarik Skubal underwent and is working back from right now. So it was bound to take time.

The Giants ended up trading Boyd to the Seattle Mariners with Curt Casali for two minor leaguers. Boyd, a Mercer Island native, relished the opportunity to play for his hometown Mariners. He completed his recovery and ultimately was able to be used out of the bullpen by Seattle. Boyd pitched in 10 games for the Mariners and accumulated 13.1 innings pitched. He allowed just two runs and punched out 13 in the process.

With a vote of confidence and off-season to get things rolling again, the Tigers are hoping he can get back into the swing of things. After all, he was a valuable arm for the organization at times during his seven years in Detroit.

If Boyd can get back to the production level he had shown at times in Detroit, he should be able to bring some value to the team's rotation. Which, at $10 million, could make him a tradeable asset come July.

Maybe its over-confidence, but I think Boyd might be able to hit the reset button and get back to the pitcher he had shown he was with the Tigers in the past. Going out and finding ways to churn out starts as a consistent arm as a second or third starter.

It's too early to say how things will turn out, but Boyd has a chance in front of him to come out in 2023 and be the Tigers pitcher that fans remember him as.

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