At the 2019 trade deadline, the Braves made a bunch of moves to upgrade what had been one of baseball’s worst rules. Among the deals was a business deal for Shane Green, who was the Tiger’s closest star and one of the hottest commodities on the market.
Unfortunately, Greene’s time in Atlanta was not as dominant as his time in Detroit. After posting an impressive 1.18 ERA in 38 runs with the Tigers, he posted a 4.01 ERA in Atlanta and quickly lost his job the closer we got to him. Greene was better during the shortened 2020 campaign and even re-signed with the Braves in May 2021; However, he ended up being hired later that year after a dismal performance over 28 appearances.
In hindsight, it’s likely a trade Alex Anthopoulos would like to take back. The valuable part of the deal for Detroit was Joey Wentz, who was an arm I thought had the potential to be a key member of the Braves’ rotation for years to come. He’s had mixed results in the Tigers’ system and even missed out on the whole of 2020 due to Tommy John’s surgery, but is set to make his highly anticipated major league debut on Wednesday.
– Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 9, 2022
I wish Wentz the best of luck, and I hope this is the start of a great career for this youngster in the big league.
The other part of Greene’s trade was Travis Demeritte, who is now apparently back with the organization. He spent two years with the Tigers and had little success before being assigned to a mission. The brave did not hesitate to quickly get him back, and now Eddie Rosario’s place began. I’m not sure how sustainable the results will be, but so far, he’s shown a lot of progress on the board, and in defense, he might be the best brave on the field. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long career in the Major League, but regardless, Demeritte’s buyout has already paid dividends.
Not all trades are winning. Sure, Alex Anthopoulos won more than he lost, but there were signs that Green’s All-Star season with the Tigers was fraught with peril, like Richard Rodriguez’s campaign with the Buccaneers last year. Either way, the brave took a risk, and while none of these trades would be considered bad deals all the time, they are likely to be ones that absolutely shouldn’t have happened.
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