Greene certainly brings a closer’s mentality to the role: “I’m ready,” he said. “I stay ready.”
He also said: “I’m a guy who is going to compete every time out. The way I have always described it is if you’re in a boxing ring throwing haymakers. It’s the same thing. I’ll be out there throwing my haymakers. They’ll be throwing theirs. One of us will get knocked out. Hopefully I’m the last man standing.”
The Braves’ bullpen makeover occurred via a series of trades Tuesday and Wednesday. Martin was acquired from the Texas Rangers and Melancon from the San Francisco Giants.
The three newly acquired pitchers -- all right-handers -- were available for the Braves’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night, the opener of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.
“I’m ready to get to know these guys and go to battle with them,” Martin said.
Melancon had to waive a no-trade clause in his contract with the Giants for his trade to go through.
“I had about two hours (to decide),” Melancon said. “I said, ‘Give me a few seconds to call my wife and make sure that she OKs it.’ ... She’s a trooper, and she was more than happy to. We’re very excited.”
Greene, 30, had 22 saves and a 1.18 ERA in 38 games for Detroit this season, his fifth with the Tigers. Martin, 33, had a 3.08 ERA in 38 games for Texas, striking out 43 and walking only four in 38 innings. Melancon, 34, had a 3.50 ERA in 43 appearances for the Giants, including a 0.93 ERA and .125 opponents’ batting average since the All-Star break.
“They’re all having really good years and have all closed games,” Snitker said. “That’s really good when you can add guys who have experience closing in the major leagues to your bullpen.
“We still have to play the games and we’ll see, but we sure like it going forward. And none of them have been overused this year either. They don’t come with tons of appearances and heavy innings loads. I look at them as three fresh arms.”
To make room for the newcomers on the 25-man roster, the Braves optioned relievers A.J. Minter, Chad Sobotka and Jeremy Walker to Triple-A Gwinnett.