Ex-Detroit Tiger Matthew Boyd agrees to 1-year, $5.2 million deal with Giants

When the Detroit Tigers visit San Francisco for a pair of games against the Giants on June 28-29, they may find an old friend waiting for them in black and orange.

Left-handed starter Matthew Boyd, a Tiger from 2015-21 and a free agent this offseason, agreed to a one-year, $5.2 million deal with the Giants late Wednesday night, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The deal also reportedly includes $2.3 million in incentives, bringing his potential paycheck to $7.5 million.

Boyd appeared in 147 games during his Tigers tenure, including 15 starts during the 2021 season. He posted a 3.89 ERA with 67 strikeouts in 78⅔ innings in 2021 before an arm injury shut down his season on Sept. 4. Boyd was later diagnosed with a injury to his left flexor tendon that required surgery. On Nov. 30, the Tigers opted to non-tender Boyd, who was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to receive $7.3 million in arbitration, making him a free agent just before the 99-day MLB lockout.

The last time Matthew Boyd took the mound for the Tigers, they were 12 games under .500, back in June.
The last time Matthew Boyd took the mound for the Tigers, they were 12 games under .500, back in June.

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Boyd underwent surgery soon after the 2021 season and was projected for a return to the big leagues by June 1.

"Arm feels great, elbow feels better than it ever has," Boyd said in early February. "Because of where we're at in the training, I'm able to push the needle a little bit more in terms of my body, just because I'm not trying to get into game shape just yet. I'm still trying to get stronger. I'm not on that bullpen schedule yet. That's not going to happen for another month."

Now, when he does return to the majors, it appears he'll do so as a San Francisco Giant.

This story will be updated.

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