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Detroit Tigers sign steady veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman to 2-year deal

Grossman signs 2-year, $10 million free agent deal with Tigers

Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of their second game of a double header at RingCentral Coliseum on September 26, 2020 in Oakland, California.
Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of their second game of a double header at RingCentral Coliseum on September 26, 2020 in Oakland, California. (2020 Getty Images)

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran free agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year deal, according to reports.

Grossman spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics after three years each with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.

Grossman, 31, has reported agreed to come to Detroit for two years, $10 million. He joins a Tigers outfield that will likely feature Victor Reyes and JaCoby Jones. Christin Stewart, Travis Demeritte and Derek Hill are also in the mix, while No. 7 prospect Daz Cameron recently suffered an arm injury during winter league play.

The shortened 2020 campaign was a breakout season for Grossman, who posted an .826 OPS with 12 doubles, eight home runs, 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 192 plate appearances.

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Grossman has a career .730 OPS across 2,362 at-bats. Defensively, he’s about average and plays primarily left field.

Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics misses the catch against Josh Reddick #22 of the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Four of the American League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 08, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (2020 Getty Images)

A switch hitter, Grossman is slightly better from the right side of the plate. He doesn’t have much power, but he puts the ball in play and gets on base at a .350 clip for his career.

Over the last four seasons, Grossman posted WARs of 0.9, 1.7, 1.0 and 1.2 -- he’s a solid, reliable player who can give the Tigers some stability at a position group that’s full of young, unproven bats throughout the organization.

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