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.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.