Mercer Island native Matthew Boyd probably never envisioned he would be in this position.
He is a wanted man by playoff contending big-league teams.
If the wheeling and dealing before the 2019 MLB trade deadline was left up to Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, he would certainly signal the go-ahead sign on trading for the Detroit Tigers’ left-hander who graduated from Eastside Catholic High School.
Boyd spun a gem against the Mariners on Sunday, throwing six shutout innings before leaving in the seventh giving up one run. He struck out 10 Seattle hitters in the Tigers’ 3-2 extra-innings loss at T-Mobile Park.
“Boyd was really good. He really kept us off balance. He had good stuff. He located really well,” Servais said. “That is as good a starting pitching outing against us we’ve seen in quite a while.”
Boyd has heard the rumors he might be on the move for the past few weeks, but isn’t ready to speculate whether he’d prefer to go to New York, Houston, or whatever contender might trade for him.
“I will cross that bridge if it happens,” Boyd said.
After graduating as the state player of the year from Eastside Catholic in 2009 (where he played for his father, Kurt), Boyd went on to a stellar career at Oregon State University.
As a senior in 2013 for the Beavers, Boyd tossed a complete-game shutout in the College World Series against Indiana in an elimination game, then went on to join the major league team that drafted him — the Toronto Blue Jays.
Two years later, Boyd was shipped off to Detroit as part of a three-player package in exchange for left-hander David Price.
And after a couple of rough seasons in Detroit, he went 9-13 with a 4.39 earned-run average last season. He has been even better in 2019 — 6-8 with a 3.94 ERA (and a 3.47 fielding independent ERA), registering 178 strikeouts in 132-plus innings.
He knows he might have taken his last turn in a Tigers uniform — all in front of 35-40 of his closest friends and family who sat right behind the Detroit dugout Sunday.
“It was really nice to be home, and to be with family,” Boyd said. “I got to see my grandpa, and every time with him is cherished. (And I got) to spend … my daughter’s second birthday with all my family being there.
“You definitely don’t take it for granted.”