Left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, a source told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. The deal is worth $10 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, and it includes $1 million in incentives.
The club has not confirmed the move, which is pending a physical.
The agreement represents a homecoming of sorts for Boyd, who spent seven Major League seasons in Detroit. He signed with the Giants as a free agent prior to last season but didn’t pitch for them, as he was still recovering from left elbow surgery. He was then sent to Seattle at the Trade Deadline and appeared in 10 games in relief for the Mariners, recording a 1.35 ERA over 13 1/3 innings. He struck out 13 batters and issued eight walks.
A sixth-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2013, Boyd made his MLB debut with Toronto in 2015 but logged only two starts before he was acquired by the Tigers that summer as part of the David Price trade.
Boyd, who turns 32 in February, made 143 starts for Detroit from 2015-21. He compiled a 4.87 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP across 777 2/3 innings pitched. His best season by some measures came in 2019, when he threw a career-high 185 1/3 frames and ranked among the top 10 in the Majors with 238 strikeouts.