Brewers add Sean Green to the Bullpen
By Lou Olsen
Another former Seattle Mariner is joining the Brewers for the 2010/2011 campaign. RHP Sean Green has been signed to a one-year contract. The only thing that really stands out when you look at Green is his height (6’6″). Green made his major league debut with the Mariners, after posting amazing numbers in Triple-A as a closer. After three mediocre seasons in Seattle, he was part of a 12 player trade which involved him going to the New York Mets.
In his first season with the Mets, he appeared in 79 games while posting a 4.52 ERA. He started last season in Triple-A and was eventually called up, but almost immediately put on the DL with a broken rib. After some rehab he returned to the Mets roster as part of September call-ups, where he appeared in 11 games and posted the best ERA of his career (3.86). His career line is a 10-11 record with a 4.36 ERA.
The one true bright spot about adding Green to our questionable bullpen, is that he does not give up Home Runs. In over 250 appearances he has only given up 13 long bombs. Yet, he still gives up a great deal of hits. I am fairly certain that this deal was made to give us some depth without risking much money. This contract is non-guaranteed, so if Green isn’t working out we can just part ways and try somebody else. Green has shown flashes of greatness in the past, but it just never materialized for him in Seattle or New York. Not really a deal to get excited about, but one that could end up paying dividends if he can find that talent he has shown throughout his time in the minor league system.
This is a low risk and high reward signing. Worst case scenario, Green is a bust and we send him back out into the ocean known as Free Agency. It is nice to see that even though we have Greinke, management is still working to give us depth in the pitching staff.