Veteran OF Robbie Grossman Joins Tigers on a 2-Year Deal

Robbie Grossman with the Oakland Athletics in 2019. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/Shutterstock (10361506q)

The rebuilding Detroit Tigers won’t be all about young movement in 2021 after all. The team decided to add some veteran power to their roster on Tuesday, signing outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year deal.

Grossman joins the Tigers after playing 51 games for Oakland Athletics in 2020. He finished the shortened MLB season with a .241 batting average, eight homers, and 23 RBIs. 

The team didn’t disclose the financial terms of the agreement, but multiple reports say that Grossman will receive $10 million for his services in the next two years.

According to general manager Al Avila, the Tigers identified Grossman as a free agency target early in the offseason and are pleased that they managed to get the job done.

“Robbie is a proven major league hitter and will bring consistent, competitive at-bats to our lineup,” Avila added.

Grossman himself also expressed excitement about the deal, praising the organization, the fans, and the city of Detroit.

“I’m very excited to get to work with my coaches and teammates and help bring winning baseball back to the Motor City,” said Grossman in a statement.

 Robbie Grossman spent the early part of his MLB career with Houston Astros before embarking on stints with Minnesota Twins and Athletics. He has a .252 career batting average to go with 50 home runs and 254 RBIs.