3 trade targets for the Colorado Rockies from the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman could provide the Colorado Rockies a good bat as well
Robbie Grossman, 32, wouldn’t provide the Colorado Rockies with a power bat but a high on-base bat at the top of the lineup, like he did with the Detroit Tigers in 2021.
The switch-hitting Grossman has bounced around a bit as he has played with four teams in his nine-year career but since 2016, he has hit .253/.359/.400 with an OPS+ of 108. In 2021, he showed the most power he has ever shown as he hit 23 homers and had 67 RBI. He also had 98 walks, which accounts for his .357 on-base percentage despite only having a batting average of .239.
He can play all three outfield spots but he has the most experience in left field. Defensively, he has ranged from one of the worst defenders in baseball (-20 DRS in the outfield in 75 games in 2016) to slightly above average (2 DRS in 2019 in 129 games). Overall, he is below average, which is why some teams have utilized him more as a DH.
The Rockies don’t necessarily want a full-time DH but Grossman’s defense is good enough that he could play left field for a few days a week and be a DH for a few days a week, if the DH comes to the NL in the new CBA.