It’s a familiar situation for Braves head of baseball operations Alex Antopoulos and his crew. Atlanta was known for picking a few of the lowest-cost defensive players in last season’s deadline, then reaping the rewards with an excellent second half from players like Eddie Rosario And the Jorge Soler. They would, of course, love that Grossman would offer anything resembling that kind of production, but the veteran player is running a rough ride into 2022.
With 320 board appearances, Grossman has a .205/.313/.282 font with only two home runs. It still charts a walk of 11.9%, but that’s down from last year’s elite mark of 14.6%. Most worrisome was the lack of strength coupled with a slight increase in strikes to an alarming rate of 28.1%. However, the brave are betting on his most solid record.
Grossman was one of Detroit’s most productive hitters last season, scoring 671 games in 156 competitions. He hit .239/ .357/ .415 with the 23 best long ball of his career. This came on the heels of a stellar show in a limited sample with A’s during the short 2020 campaign. Grossman’s hitting quality has declined this season, but he has continued to display his patient style and show off his powerful batting skills.
Atlanta recently lost Adam Duval to an injury at the end of the season, which leaves them in search of a corner assist. Grossman adds bat depth to the left field / designated hitter mix that also includes Rosario and Marcel Ozuna. Both players have below-average offensive numbers this season, prompting the brave to look for additional options for coach Brian Sneaker. Grossman is a short-haul pickup truck that’s due to hit free dealership at the end of the season. He plays this season with a salary of $5 million, of which $1.75 million has yet to be paid.
In turn, the Tigers pick up a small thrower that the Braves chose in the 16th round last season. The 21-year-old Anglin, a producer from Howard College, spent most of the season in Low-A. Through 12 appearances (seven starts), he made 30 1/3 innings of 5.93 Era balls. Anglin has cracked 25.2% of the opposing hitters, but walks into the high segment at 13.3%.
Chris McCuskey in the Detroit News He was the first to mention that the Tigers were trading with Grossmann. Joel Sherman from The New York Post She mentioned that the Braves were the acquiring club. Cody Stavenhagen from Athletic I mentioned the inclusion of Anglin.
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