Five Pitchers For Atlanta Braves To Consider At Trade Deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – JULY 03: Starting pticher Michael Fulmer #32 of the Detroit Tigers delivers the ball against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

2. Shane Greene

The Detroit Tigers closer is going to be a hot commodity as the trade deadline looms. His value, as a trade asset, may never be any higher than it is right now with some many teams in need of a good bullpen arm. A closer for some teams, like the Braves, is just the piece that could take them over the hump. With the Tigers looking as if they won’t be contending for a playoff spot anytime soon, it would be wise to flip Green for some prospects while they can.

Shane Greene has been good this season. Greene has converted 22 of his 24 save opportunities this season. His ERA is great, 1.09, and his strikeout to walk ratio is good too, 34-10. This is coming off last season when he had 32 saves but an ERA over 5. Historically, Greene has been a better first half pitcher than second, but that is something the Braves can worry about when he’s on the roster.

Prediction: The Braves bullpen has improved as the season has gone along. The midseason acquisition of Anthony Swarzak has been a boon for the Braves bullpen, and his injury was just as devastating. The good news is Swarzak will be back sooner than later. Sean Newcomb and A.J. Minter have seemed to have found a home in the bullpen after going down to the minors earlier in the season. However, Luke Jackson, the Braves closer, has been rocky, to say the least. It’s unfair to judge him as a closer considering he isn’t one, but that’s the role he has occupied this season.

Getting Greene could solidify this bullpen in a big way. The asking price might not be too high either, not as high as a topline start anyway. Greene is under contract control for the 2020 season also so that has to be considered when thinking about the price. The Tigers are a team with little to no trade assets. They will be looking to suck everything they can out of Shane Greene.