Shane Greene Makes the Decision on Free Agency

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John Allen
Thursday July 28, 2022

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This evening, the Yankees announced that Shane Greene had gone unclaimed on waivers. He choose the free agency over an outright assessment back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as any player with three or more years of major league service is entitled to do.

During his most recent stint with the Yankees, the right-hander made only one major league appearance. He was called up last Saturday and pitched an inning of relief, allowing a 2 home run to Ramón Uras. The next day, the 33-year-old righty was assigned for assignment, and he’ll now return to the open market.

Greene, who appeared in one game for the Dodgers during this season, has spent the last few months in Scranton. He pitched 21 innings for the RailRiders in 15 appearances, posting a 3.86 ERA and a slightly above-average 25.3 percent strikeout rate. Of course, even after denying an outright assignment, Greene could return to the Yankees on another minor league deal. Choosing free agency is a fairly common practice for outrighted veterans of his caliber, as it allows him to scout the market for a more immediate path back to the majors elsewhere.

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