Dodgers: An Early Look at Trade Deadline Reliever Trade Targets

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DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 7, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Kansas City 3-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - APRIL 7: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the ninth inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 7, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit defeated Kansas City 3-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 10: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers throws a ninth inning pitch while playing the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on August 10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Shane Greene

The Dodgers have been linked to Shane Greene before and this season they could be linked to the Tigers’ closer once again.  Greene has had a very effective season for the Tigers so far going a perfect ten for ten in save opportunities while pitching for a rebuilding team with not a whole lot for the future.

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This season, Greene has allowed a batting average against of an even .100, and he has walked just three batters in twelve innings.  Shane’s ERA is 1.50 and his WHIP is a ridiculously low 0.58.  Since the Tigers are in full rebuild mode, and Greene is a free agent after next season, it would make sense for the Tigers to shop him this July so they can get more for their money.

Last season, Greene struggled by posting a 5.12 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP but it appears he has fixed his flaws and came out of the gates strong in 2019.  Over the last three seasons, Shane Greene has had success against both left and right-handed batters although lefties have slugged better against him with a slugging percentage of .420 compared to .345.

Shane Greene is thirty years old and set to become a free agent after the 2020 season so the rebuilding Tigers could look to deal him away this July with his value at its highest and another full season of control left to raise the asking price. A rebuilding team should look to cash in it’s best asset.

dark. Next. Three Dodgers' prospects worthy of a call up

The Dodgers will have Ross Stripling and Julio Urias to help bolster their bullpen but if they choose to seek external upgrades, the three guys in this article make a ton of sense.  Other internal options could include starting pitching prospects Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin.

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