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Shane Greene, Braves Agree to Minor-League Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2021

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Shane Greene (19) works against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
John Bazemore/Associated Press

Veteran reliever Shane Greene has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves and will report to Triple-A Gwinnett.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Greene agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Braves in agreement with free-agent reliever Shane Greene on one-year, $1.5M contract, source tells @TheAthletic. Deal is pro-rated; actual earnings will be in $1.1M-$1.2M range. Greene will report to Triple A Gwinnett.

Greene, 32, spent parts of the last two seasons with the Braves, going 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 52.1 innings (55 appearances). He was an All-Star in 2019. 

He's also had stints with the New York Yankees (2014) and Detroit Tigers (2015-19). He spent time as Detroit's closer, with 63 saves between the 2017-19 seasons, though Mark Melancon held down that role for the Braves last year and Will Smith has served as the team's closer this year. 

Greene would be a nice addition for a Braves bullpen that has somewhat surprisingly struggled in 2021 after being such a strength last year. Adding Greene, along with getting Chris Martin back from injury, should help. 

The Braves need it. The team has started a disappointing 16-17, though with the rest of the NL East struggling, the Braves find themselves just 1.5 games back of the first-place New York Mets (15-13) and Philadelphia Phillies (18-16). 

The season is young. But it's become pretty clear that the boost to the bullpen Greene can provide is needed in Atlanta. 

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