The Braves are in settlement on a contract with free agent reliever Shane Greene, confirms MLB Community’s Jon Heyman (Twitter link). Talkin’ Jake of Jomboy Media was first to report the deal (via Twitter). It’s a one-year contract value $1.5MM, which can wind up prorated within the $1.1MM – $1.2MM vary given the period of time within the season that has already handed, studies Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (via Twitter). Greene will start with Triple-A Gwinnett to construct again up into sport form, per Rosenthal.
Greene will return to the crew with which he’d spent the previous year-plus. Atlanta acquired the veteran righty from the Tigers on the July 31 commerce deadline in 2019, and he spent the subsequent couple seasons in supervisor Brian Sntiker’s bullpen. Greene has logged 52 1/3 innings of three.27 ERA/3.87 FIP ball because the deal, cementing himself as one of many crew’s extra dependable relievers.
The 32-year-old reached free company on the finish of final season, however his market moved extremely slowly. He was linked to the Twins earlier than Minnesota signed Alex Colomé, however there have been no different golf equipment particularly tied to Greene in latest months. That lack of reported curiosity was a bit puzzling, contemplating Greene has been one thing of a bullpen workhorse over time. After shifting to aid in 2016, the previous Yankee and Tiger eclipsed 60 innings in every season by 2019. Final 12 months’s shortened marketing campaign clearly introduced an finish to that streak, however Greene nonetheless appeared in 28 of Atlanta’s 60 contests.
Typically, Greene has paired that sturdiness with high quality manufacturing. He’s managed an ERA of two.66 or decrease in three of the previous 4 years, with a 5.12 mark in 2018 standing because the exception. Whereas he’s sometimes been adept at maintaining runs off the board, Greene hasn’t racked up the gaudy strikeout totals of most high-end relievers. That was notably true final season, when he punched out simply 19.3% of opposing hitters, a far cry from the 24.1% league common for bullpen arms (and down from the 23-25% vary during which he landed every of the 4 seasons earlier than). Greene’s 7.5% swinging strike price and 4.51 SIERA in 2020 had been likewise below-average.
That discrepancy between Greene’s sturdy backside line outcomes and his downturn in whiffs might assist clarify why it took till Might for he and a crew to discover a mutually agreeable time period. It’s not particularly stunning he’ll return to a spot with which he’s clearly fairly acquainted and the place he’s had loads of success.
The Braves’ bullpen hasn’t been particularly productive so far within the season. Atlanta relievers at present sit twenty second in ERA (4.56), nineteenth in strikeout minus stroll price (12.9 share factors) and twenty first in SIERA (4.09). A.J. Minter, Will Smith and Tyler Matzek have every pitched pretty effectively, however Josh Tomlin, Grant Dayton, Jacob Webb and Sean Newcomb are off to harder begins. Luke Jackson has a shiny 1.50 ERA however much less inspiring peripherals.
Even with Greene re-signed and Chris Martin quickly to return from the injured listing, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Atlanta bolster the aid unit on the commerce deadline. Regardless of an underwhelming 16-17 begin, the Braves stay proper within the thick of the Nationwide League East race. Even after factoring in Greene’s wage, Atlanta’s payroll commitments verify in simply shy of $133MM, per Cot’s Baseball Contracts. That’s about $25MM south of the mark the Braves had been slated to spend final season (previous to prorating), so it wouldn’t be a shock if the Liberty Media possession group provides GM Alex Anthopoulos and firm some leeway to make additional midseason additions.