Updated: Just announced moments ago, LHP Matthew Boyd and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a contract, and pending a physical, Boyd, who spent seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers, will return to help overhaul the Tigers' pitching staff.
Why it matters:
Boyd spent seven years with the Tigers, but in 2022 he played with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners made it to the ALDS, where they lost to the Houston Astros, who went on to win the World Series.
- Contract details: 1 year, $10 Million, Pending Physical
- The contract includes $1 million in performance bonuses.
Boyd was non-tendered at the Nov 30th deadline in 2021 rather than paying him a projected $7.3 million in salary arbitration. The move did not sit well with the Left Handed pitcher, but he knew that the door to return was open.
“It hurt, just being completely honest,” Boyd said Monday. “It’s tough. It’s tough because you give everything for the organization. You know that it’s not an end, but you understand the business side, and you can’t fault them for it.
“I don’t think that door has closed,” Boyd said. “If it doesn’t work out this year, I don’t think it’s closed in the future. I love the organization. Detroit is a second home. It’s the birthplace of our daughter. It’s where our family grew from two to six. I don’t think that door has closed. It’s not closed on my end. I would always be open to coming back. Who knows what the future holds, but I wouldn’t be against it.”
“I hope they know that I gave it my best every single time I picked up the baseball,” Boyd said. “They got all I had. The best is still ahead of me. We had some tough years. That was really, really tough. But we kept our eyes forward and still did our best to represent the Old English D well by giving all we had every single night. We did that collectively and personally. I don’t know if that was received that way, but that’s how I felt on the inside.”Matthew Boyd Has A Clear Message For The Detroit Tigers – DSN (detroitsportsnation.com)
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