Shane Greene (dealt to Atlanta)
Braves’ record since the deal: 10-7 with 7 wins of 3-run lead or less
Greene’s WAR since the deal: -0.1
The Braves dealt for Greene presumably to make him their closer for the stretch run instead of Luke Jackson, the team’s closer through the first half of the season. And yet, Greene has not recorded a save as a Brave, despite finishing off 22 saves in 38 appearances as a Tiger.
In fact, Mark Melancon, another reliever acquired by the Braves at the deadline, has gone 3-3 in save opportunities since the trade.
Greene went 0-2 before handing the keys over to Melancon.
Since the Greene trade, the Braves bullpen has seen 9 save opportunities spread across six different pitchers. To contrast that with the Dodgers’, the LA bullpen’s 4 save chances have been split amongst three pitchers, with 2 of the chances going to Kenley Jansen.
Greene had a minuscule 1.18 ERA while with the Tigers this season, but had a 3.69 FIP, which tells us that Greene was due for a tad of regression, though certainly, no one could have predicted his 2 homers and 2 walks allowed with a .406 AVG against in 7.1 innings since the deal was struck back at the deadline.
Looks like in Greene, Andrew Friedman, and LA may have stayed true to their name and Dodged a bullet.