The Braves won their arbitration hearing with Shane Greene and will pay him $6.25 million in 2020, according to Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The dollar figure is $500K less than what Greene asked for ($6.75M) when the two parties were unable to reach an agreement in December.
Greene was acquired at the trade deadline last summer and pitched in Atlanta with mixed results. He initially struggled after being named the club’s closer without appearing in a single game and would quickly lose the closer’s title after a week, but he stabilized decently once moved into a different role behind Mark Melancon.
Greene will be part of a Braves bullpen that features significant pedigree and expense. He will pitch alongside Melancon, Will Smith (signed to a 3/$40M deal in November) and Chris Martin (2/$14M) in the later innings. The Braves’ front office had to piece together the bullpen after significant struggles last year and opted to spend big in the free agent and trade markets to hopefully improve their efforts.