The Detroit Tigers announced that they have agreed to terms with lefthanded pitcher Matthew Boyd on a one-year contract.
Boyd, 31, had a strong finish to his 2022 campaign with Seattle after missing most of the season with an injury. He appeared in 10 games and posted a 2-0 record with a 1.35 ERA (13.1IP/2ER) and 13 strikeouts. Boyd allowed just five hits and limited opponents to a .116 batting average. He also appeared in one postseason game with the Mariners, throwing a third of an inning in the American League Division Series vs. Houston.
Boyd rejoins the Tigers organization after wearing the Olde English ‘D’ from 2015-21. In his first stint in Detroit, Boyd appeared in 147 games, including 143 starts, and had a 37-60 record with a 4.87 ERA (777.2IP/421ER) and 752 strikeouts. In 2019, Boyd set a franchise record with 11.56 strikeouts per nine innings, which ranked fourth in the American League that season. He was also fourth in the AL and 10th in the Majors with a 4.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio, sixth in the AL and 10th in the Majors with 238 strikeouts, ninth in the AL with a 1.23 WHIP and 10th with a .247 (178×721) opponent batting average.
A native of Seattle, Boyd was originally drafted by Toronto in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft out of Oregon State University. He was acquired by the Tigers on July 30, 2015 along with Jairo Labourt and Daniel Norris in exchange for David Price.
Boyd and his wife, Ashley, reside in Mercer Island, WA, with their daughter, Meira and their son, Isaiah.
With the signing of Boyd, the Tigers 40-man roster is now at 39.