The San Diego Padres are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to find a veteran starting pitcher to compliment their promising young offense.
While they have been poking around Noah Syndergaard of late, they could move for a less heralded yet still effective option in Detroit Tigers starter Matthew Boyd.
While the Padres might need to move one of their two slugging outfielders in Hunter Renfroe or Franmil Reyes to make this move a possibility, Boyd could finally give a pitching staff waiting on the young prospects to reach the majors some stability.
Boyd is sporting a 6-6 record with a 3.87 ERA on a rebuilding Tigers team. The former top prospect has finally found his strikeout pitch in 2019, with 142 punch-outs in 107 innings. Boyd will be up for arbitration in 2020, so he would be a rental for San Diego.
Highest putaway rate (% of 2 strike pitches resulting in strikeouts):— Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) May 9, 2019
36% Matt Barnes
36% Josh Hader
33% Luis Cessa
32% Raisel Iglesias
31% Carlos Carrasco
30% Luis Castillo
30% Kirby Yates
30% Nick Anderson
30% Jared Eickhoff
30% Matthew Boyd
Minimum 75 pitches with 2 strikes
While Syndergaard is more renowned across the league and can uncork a 100 mph fastball at any given moment, Boyd is having a demonstrably better season, and if the experiment doesn't end up working, he'd be gone at the end of the year.