Coming off a career season and entering his final year of arbitration, Shane Greene was looking for a pay bump. The Braves offered him $6.25 million to avoid arbitration, but the two parties were apart by half a million dollars, with Greene wanting $6.75 million. Unfortunately for him, he lost his arbitration case and will have to settle for the Braves original offer of $6.25 million:
Shane Greene has lost his arbitration case against the Braves, per a source. He'll earn $6.25 million. Had asked for $6.75M.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 5, 2020
It is always rough seeing teams and players go into arbitration battles to debate what they are worth, especially since most players are severely underpaid in arbitration. However, it is good to see that this was solved rather quickly ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training.
Greene had a compelling case, as he put up elite production as Detroit’s closer to start the season, with a 1.18 ERA and 22 saves in 38 appearances and was named an All-Star as a result. Greene was not quite as good for Atlanta and filled a setup role instead. It was a tale of two seasons, but he did end up with a 2.30 ERA overall, though his 3.79 FIP suggests that he was rather lucky.
Regardless, Greene will be a featured piece in what projects to be a very strong Braves bullpen in 2020. He was the only Atlanta player to get into an arbitration battle this offseason, so hopefully, he can get to work with no hard feelings.
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