A year ago we were slammed with news that the Tigers had traded Doug Fister for a trio of prospects. The centerpiece of that package, as it turned out, was left-handed starter Robbie Ray. Today they dealt Ray along with young middle infield prospect Domingo Leyba for Shane Greene. Greene is a 26 year old right hander who put up a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts and a relief appearance for the Yankees in 2014.
Greene picked up two of his five wins against the Tigers on August 7 and August 27, holding them to two runs on ten hits and four walks over 15 total innings. He will make the major league minimum salary in 2015 and is under team control until 2021.
While the acquisition might make it slightly more palatable to trade David Price or Rick Porcello, it's not seen to be a harbinger of future moves. Greene is expected to slide seamlessly into the fifth starter role where previously a competition would be held. The former candidates for the position — Kyle Lobstein, Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen, and potentially Buck Farmer — are now free to spend more time in the minors or to be used out of the bullpen.