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Detroit Tigers: Exploring Shane Greene trade scenarios

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DETROIT, MI - JULY 21: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pumps his fist after the final out in the Tigers 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on July 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - JULY 21: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pumps his fist after the final out in the Tigers 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on July 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 12: Seranthony Dominguez #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the ninth inning during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park on June 12, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-4. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia Phillies

The surprisingly contending Phillies have been all over the buyers market. They were players for both Manny Machado and Zach Britton, and have been tied to Keone Kela, Michael Fulmer and more.

Greene is another name the Phillies should consider. They’ve had a fair amount of success in the bullpen, with three players (Edubray Ramos, Seranthony Dominguez and Victor Arano) all posting ERA’s under 2.37.

However, their bullpen lacks experience, and playoff teams these days are collecting super-bullpens. Adding Greene would immediately give the Phillies a pitcher with closing experience who could either step right in and close or serve in a dominant late-inning role.

If the Tigers and Phillies start chatting, one name that will hopefully come up would be second baseman Daniel Brito. Brito swings from the left side and has “the potential to be an outstanding defender at second base” according to MLB Pipeline.

Brito is not hitting the ball all that well at Single-A, although his 7.8% walk rate and 17.8% strikeout rate are solid. Plus, he has 15 steals in just 84 games, a sign that his speed could translate into the bigs.

If the Tigers are wary of Brito becoming the next Dixon Machado, they could always look at hulking slugger Dylan Cozens. Cozens blasted 40 home runs with 21 steals back in 2016 at Double-A, but has huge strikeout concerns. He’s basically a slightly more athletic, more powerful Christin Stewart, although Stewart’s plate discipline is better.

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