Tigers demote struggling Shane Greene to Triple-A

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UPDATE: Not only have the Tigers removed Shane Greene from the rotation, they demoted the 26-year-old to Triple-A.

(Reminder: “Too soon to talk Cy Young for Tigers’ Greene?” was an actual article in the Detroit Free Press less than two months ago.)

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Six months and 13 starts after acquiring Shane Greene from the Yankees the Tigers may be considering demoting him from the rotation.

Greene is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that manager Brad Ausmus “was noncommittal on that assignment” and referenced a potential “decision to be made.”

Greene went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his first three starts for the Tigers despite an underwhelming 11/5 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Since then he’s 1-6 with an 8.60 ERA in 10 starts.

Greene has good raw stuff and missed plenty of bats for the Yankees as a rookie last season, but he’s managed just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings for the Tigers and has particularly struggled versus left-handed hitters. Justin Verlander is coming off the disabled list to make his season debut Saturday, possibly giving the Tigers reason to reconfigure the rest of the rotation.

Nationals back off of minor league stipend cut

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Yesterday it was reported that the Washington Nationals would cut the weekly stipend paid to their minor leaguers from $400 a week to $300 per week through the end of June.

For frame of reference, MLB had agreed to pay all minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Several teams have agreed to extend that, with the Royals and Twins agreeing to do it all the way through the end of August. The Oakland A’s decided to stop the payments in their entirety as of today. The Nationals were unique in cutting $100 off of the checks.

The A’s and the Nationals have taken a great amount of flak for what they’ve done. The Nats move was immediately countered by Nationals major league players announcing that they would cover what the organization would not.

The A’s are, apparently, still sticking to their plan. The Nats, however, have reversed course:

One can easily imagine a situation in which Nats ownership just decided, cold-heartedly, to lop that hundred bucks off of each minor league check and not worry about a moment longer. What’s harder to imagine is what seems to have actually happened: the Nats did it without realizing that anyone would take issue with it, were surprised by the blowback, and then reversed course. Like, what kind of a bubble where they living in that they did not think people would consider that a low-rent thing to do?

In any event, good move, Nats, even if I cannot even begin to comprehend your thought process.