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Detroit Tigers: Five Milestones to watch out for in 2018

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 14: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to the homerun by Ian Kinsler in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 14, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 14: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to the homerun by Ian Kinsler in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 14, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – MAY 20: Pitcher Shane Greene
DETROIT, MI – MAY 20: Pitcher Shane Greene /

Shane Greene: Detroit’s All-Time Saves list

Currently, Shane Greene ranks 46th all-time in Detroit history with 11 saves. For basically every save he racks up this season, he will move up the list.

The writers at Valley of the Suns, the FanSided page for the Phoenix Suns, have been tracking Devin Booker’s place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list after each game. While he is still outside the top-900 scorers in NBA history, it’s a fun way for the team to track his progress. Tracking Greene’s ascent up Detroit’s all-time saves list is a much easier, but still entertaining endeavor.

If Greene is able to lock in just 20 saves this season, his 31 career saves will rank him 18th in franchise history, just ahead of Ugueth Urbina. 25 would tie him with Joe Nathan for 14th all-time.

35 saves on the season would give Greene sole possession of 10th place on Detroit’s saves list, just behind Francisco Rodriguez.

Greene, 29, had nine saves last season after taking over the closer’s role from Justin Wilson following his trade to the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to be the team’s primary closer in 2018. That is, unless he gets traded.

Greene remains a candidate to get shipped away at the trade deadline, especially if he has a strong first half. The Tigers would love to acquire more prospects at the trade deadline. Well performing relievers have recently brought back very nice prospect hauls. Last year’s Justin Wilson trade netted the Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario and infield prospect Isaac Paredes. The Tigers would love to move Greene for a similar package, if at all possible.

Look for Greene to move up Detroit’s all-time save list. How far he climbs is dependent on his trade value come July.

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