Braves acquire outfielder Robbie Grossman from Tigers

Braves acquire outfielder Robbie Grossman from Tigers

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The defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves acquired veteran corner outfielder Robbie Grossman in a trade with the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Kris Anglin on Monday night.

The 32-year-old Grossman, who is making $5 million this year and can become a free agent after the seaon, has struggled for the out-of-contention Tigers with a .205 batting average, 13 doubles, two home runs and 23 RBIs in 83 games. The switch-hitter has started 43 games in left field and 31 games in right.

Last year, Grossman set career highs in his Tigers debut with 23 home runs and 156 games played. He was also second in the AL with 98 walks and has a .348 career on-base percentage.

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Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the San Diego Padres at Comerica Park on July 27, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. 

Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the San Diego Padres at Comerica Park on July 27, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

“I had a blast playing for the Tigers, and it didn’t end how I wanted it to, but it’s part of this business and I’m on to the next chapter in my baseball career,” Grossman said after Detroit lost 5-3 in 10 innings at Minnesota.

Grossman has previously played for Houston, Minnesota and Oakland. He’ll join a well-stocked Braves team that has the best record in the NL wild-card race and is 3 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East.

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Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on July 30, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on July 30, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

The left-handed Anglin was Atlanta’s 16th-round draft pick in 2021. He was with Class A Augusta.

To make roster room for Grossman, the Braves optioned first baseman Mike Ford to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after hitting a two-run double in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics during game one of a double header at RingCentral Coliseum on July 21, 2022 in Oakland, California. 

Robbie Grossman #8 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after hitting a two-run double in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics during game one of a double header at RingCentral Coliseum on July 21, 2022 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Earlier in the day, the Braves reacquired infielder Ehire Adrianza from the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Trey Harris, who hit .238 for Double-A Mississippi this season.

The Braves cleared a spot for Adrianza when veteran Robinson Canó was designated for assignment after hitting .154 in nine games.

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