The Braves have released Shane Greene, per Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Greene had been designated for assignment by the club earlier in the week.
The 32-year-old never really got on track this year. Despite putting up excellent numbers over 2019 and 2020, he didn’t sign with Atlanta until May, having already missed spring training and part of the regular season. He worked out in Triple-A to get himself into game shape, dealt with some back soreness and eventually got to the big league club in early June. However, the righty hasn’t been able to help the Braves much, throwing 17 innings with an ERA of 8.47, FIP of 6.77 and xFIP of 5.66. His strikeout rate of 20.5% and walk rate of 10.8% are both worse than league average.
He will now be free to sign with any team that believes he’s capable of regaining his past form. After all, he’s not far removed from a 2020 season where he threw 27 2/3 innings with an ERA of 2.60. Any club who signs him would be taking on no financial risk, as they’d only have to pay him the prorated league minimum, with Atlanta on the hook for the remainder of his prorated $1.5MM contract.