Houston Astros: Team still trying to harpoon Matthew Boyd away

Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd, who is being targeted by the Houston Astros (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd, who is being targeted by the Houston Astros (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros are still trying to trade for Matthew Boyd on of their earliest rumored targets. Will they cave in for his services? Let’s look.

I can’t believe it Houston Astros fans — the MLB trade deadline is right around the corner — just a few hours away — and we’ll be finding out where all of these rumored assets will end up in the minutes leading up to 3 p.m. CDT.

This is an all-stakes deadline as the Aug. 31 “waiver” deadline has been eliminated moving forward so I’m expecting TONS of activity because if teams don’t make a move now, they’ll be forced to wait for the winter to start their talks again with other teams.

The Houston Astros will simply not do that as the time is now for the team to continue their ascent in the majors and be the final team standing when the dust settles in the World Series.  As you’ve seen this season, they’ve got an excellent shot to be right there when it happens so we’re all going to have to buckle up for a hell of a ride.

This trade deadline period has the Houston Astros focused on starting pitching because outside of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Wade Miley, the team has patched together guys from the bullpen to make things happen.  Lance McCullers Jr. would be the next man up but he’s out for the season recovering from Tommy John‘s surgery.

Brad Peacock has been a formidable spot-starter over the years but he’s been battling a shoulder injury and will likely not be back for a few more weeks.

So it’s evident the team needs another starting pitcher so that they’re not continuing to wear out those tired bullpen arms even more.

The Houston Astros have been connected to a ton of pitchers by the way of rumors including Zack Wheeler, Robbie Ray and Madison Bumgarner.

But what about Matthew Boyd?

Boyd was one of the first-mentioned of the Houston Astros targets and it appears that they

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haven’t given up in their pursuit.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale is saying that the formidable starter is “likely to stay put” with the Tigers through the deadline as the price on him is quite high.

There’s no question that Detroit wants Kyle Tucker, a guy the club prefers not to deal unless the haul is massive.  I don’t think Jeff Luhnow has ruled out a possible trade but it’s going to take a lot of convincing to do so.

So at this point in time, consider him off the table in terms of any deal that’s being made this morning going into the afternoon.

I’m certainly hoping a deal could be done for him as he’s pitching really well but I won’t hold my breath on this one.

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Boyd, 28, has posted a 6-8 record, a 3.94 ERA while tossing 178 strikeouts off 58 earned runs through 132.1 innings pitched in 22 starts.  His 3.47 FIP and 1.13 WHIP are good as well as his 12.1 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9.  He’s also giving up just slightly under four runs per nine innings this season.