The Tigers are officially open for business.
Can the Yankees use Detroit's position as sellers with the trade deadline six weeks away to their advantage? Perhaps.
According to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers are willing to deal any veteran on the roster. That includes Matthew Boyd, who is currently in the midst of his strongest season in the big leagues.
The 28-year-old southpaw sports a career-best 3.08 ERA through 14 starts (and a 2.91 FIP, which is his lowest mark in that category by 1.54). Additionally, his strikeouts are up with a 11.2 K/9 and career-low 1.6 BB/9 with a 1.04 WHIP.
Last season, despite somewhat gaudier overall numbers, he had the 10th-lowest batting average against in the American League (.218). Morosi speculated that with the pending retirement of CC Sabathia at season's end, Boyd -- who becomes arbitration eligible in 2020 and a free agent in 2023 -- could provide the Yankees with a long-term option.
Morosi also surmised that the Yankees might favor Boyd over Madison Bumgarner, who hasn't pitched as well as Boyd this year but obviously has a playoff pedigree that speaks for itself.
The Yankees already have left-handed starters between J.A. Happ and James Paxton. But Paxton's health has been a question mark this season, and the Yankees' primary area of an upgrade will almost certainly be through the starting rotation.