The Atlanta Braves are interested in acquiring breakout Detriot Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd. Boyd could be an interesting fit for Atlanta, though there is some reason for caution.
Matthew Boyd and the Atlanta Braves have been unsurprisingly linked considering the team’s need for pitching and the fact the Tigers are in the midst of a rebuild. Boyd is in the midst of a breakout season and will be one of most sought after starters during the trade deadline.
Boyd is 6-6 with a 3.87 ERA and an impressive 142-strikeouts in 107-innings pitched. Those numbers explain why there has been so much interest in Boyd already.
His strikeouts per innings are through the roof and he is having a great season on a bad Tiger’s club.
However, Boyd has never posted numbers even close to the ones he has been putting up this season. He is 28-years old and it seems unlikely he will suddenly become an ace for the rest of his career.
He is in the middle of a career season, and the Braves should approach it as such. Overpaying for a player who has never produced a complete productive season in the Major Leagues shouldn’t be an option.
Especially when you consider the myriad of pitching options that are on the trade market this season.
Boyd is an interesting option if the Brave view him as the best “rental” for a postseason run. But if they are expecting Boyd to continue his production for the rest of the season or beyond this year they will be mistaken.
Atlanta has been connected to Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner as well. Both players have more experience and would be better fits for the current Braves roster.
Regardless of who they add Atlanta does need to address both their bullpen and rotation. More to come as the deadline nears for Atlanta.