St. Louis Cardinals
While the Cardinals bullpen ranked 12th in the league in WAR and had the ninth-lowest WHIP in the league, it couldn’t help the team overcome the Chicago Cubs and upstart Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central.
St. Louis finished nine games back of Chicago in the division and four back of the Colorado Rockies for the second Wild Card place.
The team also checked in three games behind division-rival Milwaukee.
While the bullpen was a strength for the Cardinals, especially down the stretch—a 3.51 September SIERA is certainly worth writing home about—St. Louis could suffer some losses in the offseason.
That’s where Greene could come in, serving as either the closer or a top setup option to Brett Cecil.
Trade fits for the Detroit Tigers
Grichuk, who is controllable through 2020 (per Spotrac) is a plus defender in right field after turning in a 13.6 UZR/150 and a +2 DRS at the position in 2017.
Also capable of manning the other two outfield spots, the 26-year-old brings power (22 home runs and a .235 ISO in 442 plate appearances) and solid base running (3.0 BsR, six stolen bases) to the table.
Elsewhere, Diaz could also be a fit.
Diaz broke out in 2016 with an .879 OPS, 48 extra-base hits, a 2.7 fWAR, a .210 ISO and a 133 wRC+.
Things weren’t nearly as productive in 2017 as the shortstop turned in a .682 OPS, 24 extra-base hits, a 0.2 fWAR, a .133 ISO and a 78 wRC+.
Detroit could use Diaz in the event that Iglesias and Kinsler are dealt.
Even if his production falls somewhere between his 2016 and 2017 numbers, Diaz would give the Tigers a promising middle infield alongside Machado.
It also doesn’t hurt that, according to Spotrac, the infielder is controllable through 2021.