Tigers, Grossman have deal in place (source)

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with outfielder Robbie Grossman, a source told MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Detroit has not announced that a contract is pending or completed.
Grossman, 31, is coming off the three best seasons of his career, including a 2020 campaign that saw him slash

The Tigers are finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with outfielder Robbie Grossman, a source told MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Detroit has not announced that a contract is pending or completed.

Grossman, 31, is coming off the three best seasons of his career, including a 2020 campaign that saw him slash .241/.344/.482 (130 OPS+) with eight home runs across 192 plate appearances for the American League West division champion A’s. Grossman has long shown an acumen for getting on base (career .350 OBP), and he rated above average by Statcast’s Outs Above Average defensive metric in each of his two seasons in Oakland — including a solid +4 rating in left field last year.

Grossman could be the frontrunner for the Tigers’ left-field spot on Opening Day. Christin Stewart was likely penciled in there before the addition of Grossman, but Stewart struggled to below-average production (42 OPS+) across 36 games in 2020.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

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