Angels Rumors: Halos miss on affordable reliever Shane Greene

Shane Greene, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Shane Greene, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

There’s no such thing as having too many arms in a big-league bullpen. The Angels missed a golden opportunity to sign reliever Shane Greene who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Braves on Sunday.

Greene’s prorated portion of the contract will come out to $1.1-$1.2 million guaranteed for this season.

The Angels missed an opportunity to improve their bullpen by not signing Shane Greene.

It should be noted the Halos weren’t named as one of the teams interested in Greene when rumors surfaced a few weeks ago, and maybe he returned to Atlanta on a discount. Regardless, I don’t think there’s any question he could have helped the Halos’ bullpen.

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Last summer Greene posted a 2.60 ERA, 3.81 FIP, and 1.120 WHIP in 27.2 innings for Atlanta. He was an All-Star in 2019 when he posted a career-best 2.30 ERA and 1.005 WHIP in 62.2 innings for the Braves and Tigers.

Through 32 games, the Halos bullpen has logged the sixth-most innings in the majors (132 IP), along with the third-highest ERA (5.32), and the 12th-highest FIP (4.31).

They’ve also placed arguably their best reliever this season, Chris Rodriguez, on the injured list with shoulder inflammation.

While the Angels starters have pitched fairly well in the past week, they still hold MLB’s third-highest ERA (5.20) while pitching the third-fewest innings (150.2 IP).

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I don’t think signing Greene would’ve saved the bullpen or starting rotation issues, but I don’t see how adding a veteran reliever would’ve hurt.