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Tigers trade Shane Greene to Braves for two minor leaguers

Posted: 3:24 PM, Jul 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-31 22:33:27-04
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(WXYZ) — The rebuild at Comerica Park continues.

The Tigers traded Shane Greene to the Braves.

In return, Atlanta sent lefthanded pitcher Joey Wentz and outfielder Travis Demeritte.

“We’re very excited to add two significant prospects to our organization," Tigers GM Al Avila said in a statement.

Wentz was ranked No. 7 in the Braves system. He's 21 years old and is currently in Double-A. He was the 40th overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

Demeritte is a 24-year-old left fielder who was a first round pick by Texas in the 2013 Draft. He has spent the season in Triple-A.

“Wentz is a highly competitive lefthanded pitcher with a three-pitch mix, who we see as a great addition to our already formidable stable of young arms in the player development system. We’re also adding a solid athlete in Demeritte, who has shown spectacular power in Triple A and is someone we can see making an impact in our outfield in the near future," Avila added.

Greene has a 1.18 ERA this season. He made the All-Star Game and has 22 saves with a 0.87 WHIP.

He had 32 saves and a 5.12 ERA in 2018.

The Tigers are 31-72, and in last place in Major League Baseball.