Red Sox reportedly monitoring Tigers closer Shane Greene

Amin Touri
July 22, 2019 - 11:25 am

As the trade deadline approaches, the Red Sox are continuing to evaluate the bullpen market and were scouting the Tigers' Shane Greene in person on Sunday afternoon, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

"The Red Sox also had a scout there in Detroit yesterday, and probably wasn't entirely impressed with Shane Greene's outing but Shane Greene's been very good and is certainly a name the Red Sox are considering," Morosi said in an appearance on MLB Network Monday morning.

Though he did struggle on Sunday, allowing a two-run homer for his third blown save of the year, Greene has still been excellent this season in posting a 1.25 ERA in 36 innings for Detroit this season. He's allowed just five earned runs this year, while striking out 40 and walking only 11.

Morosi also affirmed his earlier report that Boston was looking at Toronto's Ken Giles and San Diego's Kirby Yates as potential options as well, mentioning that the Red Sox are a little bit cash-strapped and will struggle to put together a trade that further inflates a league-leading payroll.

"The Red Sox payroll, they don't have a lot of flexibility but they know this is a key position for them to address either now or in the wintertime," Morosi said. "So even if they're not fully in the mix for the division right now in the American League East, they've got to find a way to shore up the back end of the bullpen."

The Boston bullpen has combined for a 5.46 ERA in the month of July, the ninth-worst mark in baseball.