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…