Atlanta Braves trade deadline report card: bullpen rebuild complete
Deal #2: A closer at last
At 3:20pm on Wednesday afternoon, Buster Olney reported that the Braves had agreed a deal for Tigers Closer Shane Greene. The Tigers received LHP Joey Wentz and outfielder Travis Demeritte. Greene seems to like the idea.
MLB Pipeline ranked Wentz Atlanta Braves number 7 prospect. Demeritte dropped out of the top 30 after the draft reassessment.
According to Mark Bowman, Wentz’ inclusion became necessary when the competition grew more lively.
Greene’s having his best year as a closer for the Tigers and was arguably the best of the relievers that was actually dealt this week.
He’s had some periods of total dominance and in recent days hasn’t been quite as sharp, though is clearly a major step upward from the current bullpen.
Deal #3: Veteran setup-man
Shortly after that Jeff Passan reported that the Braves acquired Mark Melancon and cash from the Giants for Tristan Beck and Daniel Winkler.
Melancon closed for the Pirates until being traded to the Nationals in 2015. The Nats let him walk after that season the Giants gave him a four year, $62M contract that almost immediately went bad.
He lost the closer job in 2017 but started to slowly recover his form last year while working as a setup man. He continued in that role this season. He’s stingy with runners on base, allowing only 27% (4 of 15) to score.
He’s currently pitching to a 3.50 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 3.57 SIERA with 44 strikeouts and 16 walks in 46 1/3 IP. Melancon had to waive his no-trade clause before the trade could go ahead.
The Braves clubhouse apparently liked the move.