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.
Robbie Grossman’s 2-year, $10 million deal with the #Tigers is the largest by a free-agent outfielder in this painfully slow winter.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 5, 2021
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.
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.