Chicago Cubs sign reliever Shane Greene to a minor league deal

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According to the transaction board on, the Chicago Cubs have signed former Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene to a minor league contract.

Greene has had success as a closer and set-up man in the past, but he hasn't played a full season since 2019. That year, Greene split time between the Tigers and the Atlanta Braves while compiling a 2.30 ERA over 62.2 innings while collecting 23 saves.

Those numbers are very nice to look at, but unfortunately that was the last time Greene has any significant success at the big league level. Since 2019, Greene has seen time in Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York to little avail. Command issues saw him designated for assignment by all three teams and he hasn't saved a ball game since 2021.

These issues are why Greene has been sitting in free agency all year and why he was only able to fetch a minor-league contract from the Cubs. With bullpen issues plaguing the Cubs all year, Greene is the typical low-risk high reward signing that will probably not pan out. But hey, Greene's worth throwing a minor-league deal and seeing what he has left in the tank. Don't expect him to be appearing in many high-leverage situations though.

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