Robbie Grossman’s days with the Detroit Tigers seem like numbered
Whereas many of the consideration surrounding the Detroit Tigers forward of Tuesday’s MLB Commerce Deadline has revolved round Tarik Skubal and some bullpen arms, one title that hasn’t been talked about an excessive amount of is Robbie Grossman. Nicely, that has since modified.
Chris McCosky of the The Detroit News has reported that the Detroit Tigers are “aggressively buying” the 32-year-old outfielder. The Tigers at present have a little bit of a logjam of their nook outfield spots, with Grossman, Victor Reyes, Willi Castro, and Akil Baddoo all vying for taking part in time. This can solely be exacerbated when (and if) Austin Meadows comes off the IL.
Grossman is having his worst season as an enormous leaguer in 2022, slashing simply .204/.312/.278 with a .590 OPS and simply two residence runs. That is following a profession finest season in 2021, the place Grossman hit a profession excessive 23 homers and slashed .239/.357/.415 and was fourth within the league in walks drawn.
A good query to ask is “what sort of worth does Grossman have with numbers like that?” Nicely, merely put, he mashes left-handed pitching. He has a .999 OPS in opposition to southpaws this season. Groups could possibly be seeking to purchase him as a platoon choice down the stretch.
There’s been no phrase on which groups are inquisitive about Grossman, however a few groups to control are the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cleveland Guardians, fourth-worst and fifth-worst within the league in batting common in opposition to LHP, respectively. The Guardians are additionally second-worst within the league with a 77 wRC+ in opposition to lefties, whereas the Brew Crew are fifth-worst in that class with an 88 wRC+. Cleveland particularly might use an improve of their outfield.
As McCosky notes in his story, the Detroit Tigers actually need to discover extra taking part in time for Akil Baddoo, and eliminating Grossman, a technique or one other, can be one of the best ways to do this. If he hasn’t been dealt by 6 p.m. Tuesday, there’s a reasonably good likelihood the Tigers simply lower their losses and designate Robbie Grossman for project.