Pittsburgh Pirates: Previewing the Left-Handed Starting Pitching Market

The Pirates have signed one LHP SP every off-season in Ben Cherington's reign, so what does this year's market look like?

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Matt Boyd

Matt Boyd is a left-handed starter who has some peripherals backing his uninspiring 5.45 ERA. Aside from that ugly number, Boyd owns a 4.36 FIP, 4.38 xFIP, 4.20 xERA, 4.26 SIERA, and 102 DRA-. All of that suggests he’s more of a league-average starter rather than one with an ERA that is hovering around 5.50.

Boyd has a solid 24.1% strikeout rate and 8.3% walk rate, though home runs have always been an issue, and while his 1.39 HR/9 is one of his better single-season career rates, it’s still higher than you’d like to see.