Robbie Grossman was a perfect fit for the Oakland A’s lineup. The changes the team made to his swing before the 2020 season had unlocked his potential, and even though he was a free agent, he was not likely to cost much.
However, the A’s inability to enter the free agent market at all until February led to Grossman getting away. He signed in Detroit on a two year deal worth $10 million, a completely reasonable contract for a player that had produced a career best 129 OPS+ with eight homers and 12 doubles in his 192 plate appearances.
With the Tigers continuing their rebuild, it is unlikely that Grossman will be a part of their next contending team. However, he has proven to be an asset for the Tigers’ outfield, putting together a solid .227/.352/.401 batting line with 13 homers and 12 doubles while drawing 60 walks in his 388 plate appearances.
Although the batting average is disappointing, Grossman has been able to get on base at an impressive clip. His solid defense in both left and right field this season would fit in well with the A’s, while his offense would improve their primary lineup.
The Oakland A’s made a mistake in letting Robbie Grossman leave. Maybe they can correct that error at the trade deadline.