Detroit Tigers: 3 players who will not last through the rebuild

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Detroit Tigers, Matthew Boyd
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First up, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd, who could find himself pitching elsewhere sooner than later.

Matthew Boyd has led the Detroit Tigers rotation in recent years. He has been the “ace” for this organization, even if his numbers may not warrant that title. There was a time when Boyd was going to be moved as a part of some intriguing trade packages, but General Manager (GM) Al Avila never pulled the trigger.

Now approaching 30-year old season, Boyd will look to bounce back and get things going on the mound. However, the last couple of seasons have not finished, as Boyd would have hoped. In 2020, Boyd made 12 starts, producing a 3-7 record with a 6.71 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, allowing 15 home runs, and 45 total earned runs over 60.1 innings pitched.

Boyd seems to be one of the arms that will be cleared to allow for the prospects to start filling things out. Currently in his arbitration years, Boyd will not be a free agent until 2023, meaning he will have to be moved.

The return for Boyd likely has fallen apart from anything the organization could have garnered in the past, but shipping him out for next to nothing could free up a rotation spot and allow Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal to move to the front of the rotation.

It may not be too crazy to suggest Boyd could depart the Tigers, and even if he does not, the rebuild is slated to “end” around the 2022-2023 season. In this case, the Tigers could simply let Boyd walk when he hits free agency.

Up next, take a look at another one of the Tiger’s arms who could be on the way out.