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Four future Mets trade candidates to keep your eye on in 2019

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after getting the last out of the third inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 02: Marcus Stroman #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after getting the last out of the third inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on April 2, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 30: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch in the ninth inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Tigers won 3-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Shane Greene

The 30-year-old closer for the Detroit Tigers, Shane Greene appears to have upped his game in 2019 and has had an excellent start to the season.

After having a poor season in 2018, through the month of April this year, Greene has been one of the league’s top closers. In 14 games for Detroit, he has recorded 12 saves over 14 innings with a 1.29 ERA. Greene’s 12 saves currently leads all AL relievers.

At 30 years old, Greene appears to be having the best start to the season in his career, and as the Detroit Tigers are unlikely to be a contending team in 2019, they may look to cash in on their closer’s success by trading him in return for prospects to help rebuild the team.

Back in 2017, Greene was Detroit’s top reliever, finishing the year with a 2.66 ERA over 67.2 innings. He was appointed the team’s closer prior to the 2018 season, but failed to replicate his success from the previous year, finishing the season with a 5.12 ERA, although he did record 32 saves for the team.

Seeing as Greene appears to have returned to this 2017 form, the Mets should consider making a move for him in an effort to improve their struggling bullpen.

Greene is under team control through the 2020 season, meaning this will come with a higher price tag and the Tigers will not have a great urgency to move him unless they are satisfied with their return.

Still, as Greene is currently the top closer in the American League, if the Mets are serious about competing for a championship in 2019, he should be New York’s first choice if they end up making a trade for a relief pitcher before the deadline, and after seeing the turnover in the bullpen, they should make a move sooner rather than later.

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