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Guardians Sign Veteran Southpaw to Major League Deal

Photo by The Detroit Free Press

DETROIT, MI: A deal has been reached between the Guardians and left-hander Matthew Boyd, per to Jon Heyman of The New York Post. Per Mark Feinsand of on X, the Boras Corporation client has signed a major league contract. Upon the completion of a physical, the deal is subject to approval by the league. The Guardians will then need to open a roster slot.

Boyd, 33, has enjoyed some success in his career, but owing to a number of health problems, he has been on and off the mound recently. After needing flexor tendon surgery in September 2021, he missed the majority of the next season. In September 2022, he made 10 bullpen appearances for the Mariners. Last season, he started 15 games for the Tigers before needing Tommy John surgery at the end of June.

Boyd has only been able to pitch 223 1/3 innings since the end of the 2019 season because of those injuries and the 2020 season being cut short due to the pandemic. Given the numerous interruptions, it is probably not surprise that his outcomes have been very erratic during that time.

During that time, he has an even 5.00 earned run average with walks and strikeout rates that are about league average. He was a reliable member of the Detroit rotation for many years at the back end before this recent injury. He recorded 588 frames over 109 outings between 2016 and 2019. He had a 4.67 ERA, 23.4% strikeout rate, and 7.3% walk rate during that time.

This year, The Guardians have surprised us in a lot of ways. The club's rotation, which has always been a strength, has shown itself to be a problem this season. Earlier in the season, Shane Bieber needed Tommy John surgery, and he is out for the year.Gavin Williams has spent the entire year on the IL. Although Tanner Bibee has performed well, the group as a whole has been weak. Which is where Boyd will hopefully step in and prove to be a valuable addition to the Cleveland rotation.

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