Detroit Tigers’ General Manager Al Avila has plenty of trade pieces to play around with as the trade deadline nears. Could closer Shane Greene be dealt?
It’s no secret that the Detroit Tigers will be looking to trade veteran assets at this year’s trade deadline. Already the likes of Mike Fiers, Jose Iglesias, Francisco Liriano, Leonys Martin, Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd and even Nicholas Castellanos have been discussed in various trade rumors.
Of course, one of Detroit’s most marketable trade assets is closer Shane Greene. Teams are always looking for bullpen help at the trade deadline, and Greene’s numbers should net the Tigers a pretty penny in regards to prospects.
Greene is sporting a 3.86 ERA and a 9.64 K/9. His 2.36 BB/9 is a career-low, and his 20 saves is already a career-high, and is tied for seventh in the AL.
Greene is averaging nearly 95 miles per hour on his fastball, with a wicked 11 inches of movement. His stuff is clearly meant for a late-inning role, and contending teams would love to be able to slot Greene into the mix.
The Yankees, Indians and Nationals have already all made moves to acquire bullpen help. However, there are still plenty of teams out there who are known to be looking for late-inning help. And with Zach Britton, Brad Hand and Kelvin Herrera off the market, Greene is becoming more of a hot commodity.
Here are a few teams who could show interest in Greene, and what a potential return could look like.