After getting a glimpse of what Shane Greene could do last season, the fans figured Greene was going to be a fixture in the Yankees rotation or at least compete for the fifth starter spot with Ivan Nova out until June. Then, rumors started happening and ultimately the Yankees traded Greene to the Detroit Tigers to get Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was business as usual for the Yankees, but in Greene’s mind, it felt more like a break-up.
“I felt like I got dumped,” Greene said to the New York and Detroit media following last night’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers. “I looked at myself in the mirror, put a chip on my shoulder and went from there.”
Since then, Greene has went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA to begin the season. The Yankees won’t face Greene this week (thank you!) but they know the kind of pitcher he is while at the same time admitting how difficult it was to part with him.
“Any time you let a young starting pitcher go, I think it’s difficult,” Joe Girardi said. “But to get an everyday shortstop, those don’t just fall out of trees. To get something, you have to give up something.”
While Gregorius has struggled to begin the season, Greene has thrived, and he credits the Yankees trading him in giving him that push he needed to succeed.
“I knew at that point in time my trade value was probably at its peak,” Greene said. “If they were going to make a move, I was probably going to be one of the pieces. … I know it’s a business. I’m not a complete idiot, so I knew if something was going to happen, my name would be at least talked about with the situation over there. I’m excited to be here, and that’s all that really matters.”