WASHINGTON — Further strengthening their attempt to do more than win a second straight National League East title, the Braves significantly improved their bullpen by acquiring Shane Greene and Mark Melancon before Wednesday afternoon’s Trade Deadline.
Greene was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for two Minor Leaguers — left-handed pitcher Joey Wentz (Braves’ No. 7 prospect per MLB Pipeline) and outfielder Travis Demeritte. The need to include Wentz was necessitated when the Dodgers and Nationals made a late push for Detroit’s closer. Atlanta had initially hoped to get this deal done at the cost of Demeritte and Minor League catcher Alex Jackson.