Trade #3: Stabilizing Middle of the Rotation
This is one trade the LA Angels should definitely be exploring. The Tigers negotiated trades for their Matthew Boyd at the deadline, but opted to hold onto their ace for at least the remainder of 2019. However, in those months, his 3.87 ERA in the first half ballooned to a 5.51 mark in the remainder of the season.
That abysmal performance over the summer surely dropped Boyd’s value, and likely has the Tigers’ front office full of regret. However, they still have a chance to gain some value for Boyd. After all, he has three more seasons under team control and flashed serious potential for a three month stretch.
So, why not strike while his value is down?
The Tigers are in the middle of a long rebuild. Younger, toolsy prospects are what they’re likely searching for whether the prospects’ estimated time of arrival is 2020 or 2023. This gives the Angels flexibility on their offer. Boyd isn’t anyone to sell the farm for, but shipping Jahmai Jones, a toolsy infielder, and Jose Soriano, a young pitcher with mounds of upside, might intrigue the Tigers enough to part ways with Boyd.
Upon his arrival, Boyd would be no worse than a mid-rotation arm. However, as we saw last season, there’s legitimate upside in Boyd and if he can be better managed in 2020, consistency throughout the entire season will follow.