The Detroit Tigers are placing a huge bounty on ace left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd ahead of next week’s trade deadline.
Under team control for the next three seasons, Boyd is among the most highly-coveted pitchers on the market.
And according to this report from Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Milwaukee Brewers are the one team to keep an eye on when it comes to this veteran. Morosi goes on to note that the New York Yankees — also in need of a starter — have turned their attention to Marcus Stroman and Mike Minor.
Milwaukee’s interest in Boyd isn’t terribly surprising. The team currently sits at 53-49 and is in both the NL Central and NL Wild Card race.
It’s also in desperate need of starting pitching. Ace Brandon Woodruff is currently on the injured list with an oblique issue. Meanwhile, veteran Jhoulys Chacín has struggled to the tune of a 5.67 ERA and 1.53 WHIP thus far this season.
While Boyd’s numbers are pretty good, he has struggled in a couple aspects. The 28-year-old southpaw has yielded 21 homers in 120 innings and has posted an era of six-plus over his past five starts.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this. Any move to acquire Boyd would likely require Milwaukee yielding multiple top-10 prospects.