Braves acquire reliever Shane Greene from Tigers

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The Nationals may have traded for a bunch of relievers today, but none of them are as good as the one reliever the Braves just got: they picked up Shane Greene from the Tigers.

Greene, 30, has an ERA of 1.18 and 22 saves in 38 innings of work for the lowly Tigers this year. That’s way, way, way above his track record in the previous five seasons, but even if he comes back pretty far to Earth he’s an improvement for the Braves bullpen. He was also sought by the Nationals and the Dodgers, per reports.

No word on what’s going back to Detroit in exchange, but we’ll update as soon as we hear.

UPDATE: And they got Mark Melancon too!

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.