When it comes to Andrew Friedman and the Los Angeles Dodgers front office, they leave no stone unturned.
With relief pitching a glaring need, might the FO be considering a different route? Chris McCosky of The Detroit News is reporting that the team is ‘tracking’ starting pitcher Matthew Boyd. Also mentioned are the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.
Boyd is a 28-year-old left-hander that’s enjoying the best season of his career. He’s 6-6 with a 3.87 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 1.121 WHIP and 142 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched (18 games started).
He is under team control through the 2022 season and has started all but four games in his career.
For the Dodgers, starting pitching isn’t necessarily a need; however, uncertainty with Rich Hill’s recovery could push them to make a move for a starter. Also, a move for a starting pitcher would likely keep Julio Urías in the bullpen and give the team a trustworthy arm the rest of the way.
It’s also possible that the Dodgers could see Boyd as a relief option this season and then moving him back into the rotation in the future. There have been reports of the team interested in Tigers closer Shane Greene as well. Perhaps a package deal could be discussed too.
In the end, the interest is there and with three weeks until the deadline, we’ll just have to wait and see what moves the FO makes.