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Padres Reportedly Interested in Tigers' Ace Matt Boyd

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JUNE 21: Starting pitcher Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 21, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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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.

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.