MLB rumors: Dodgers, Yankees, Braves interested in acquiring Shane Greene from the Tigers
Greene is in the middle of the best year of his career. Through 38 relief appearances this season, he has pitched to the tune of a minuscule 1.18 ERA with 22 saves while allowing just 21 hits and striking out 43 batters over 38 innings of work, making his first All-Star appearance as a result.
The 30-year-old was originally selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2009 MLB Draft and eventually made his big-league debut with the club in 2014, so should New York acquire him, it would mark his second stint in the Bronx.
During his rookie campaign with the Yanks, Greene made 15 appearances (14 of them starts) and went 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA, surrendering 81 hits while fanning 81 hitters across 78.2 frames of action.
That ensuing offseason, the Yankees traded Greene to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way deal that sent shortstop Didi Gregorius to New York.
Greene’s first year with the Tigers was a rough one, as he started 16 of his 18 outings and went just 4-8 with a 6.88 ERA, giving up 103 hits while registering just 50 punchouts through 83.2 innings.
He then transitioned to the bullpen the following year and still struggled, going 5-4 with a 5.82 ERA over 47 relief appearances and three starts. Greene proceeded to have a breakout season of sorts in 2017, logging a 2.66 ERA while racking up 73 strikeouts across 67.2 innings out of the bullpen, but he then reverted back to 2016 form in 2018, recording a 5.12 ERA through 66 relief outings.