Detroit Tigers fans were forced to wait until nearly the last possible minute for any big news on MLB trade deadline day.
The Detroit Tigers made fans wait until after 3:00 pm EST, less than an hour before the trade deadline, but a deal including All-Star closer Shane Greene has finally been made. As reported by Buster Olney of ESPN, the Tigers are sending Shane Greene to the Atlanta Braves.
So far, there seems to be no word on exactly what the Detroit Tigers are getting in return for the closer, but considering Atlanta’s strong farm system, they are definitely an organization that a rebuilding team such as the Tigers would want to make a deal with.
So far this season, Shane Greene has been one of the elite closers in all of baseball and was one of the most sought after bullpen pieces heading into the trade deadline. The right-hander has a 1.18 ERA and 22 saves this season for Detroit, but would likely have at least a few more if the Tigers provided him with more save opportunities.
Interestingly, the news on the Shane Greene trade comes after Braves relievers Sean Newcomb and Luke Jackson caused Atlanta to blow a two-run lead in the ninth inning of their game against division rivals Washington Nationals, highlighting their need for bullpen help. The Braves did go on to win 5-4 in ten innings, however.
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