Detroit Tigers: 4 potential Robbie Grossman trade destinations

Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman flies out against Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the third inning on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Comerica Park.Tigers Chi2
Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman flies out against Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks during the third inning on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Comerica Park.Tigers Chi2 /
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Robbie Grossman Trade Destination 1: New York Yankees

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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner hits a solo home run. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Yankees are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, but they’re still a handful of games out of the final Wild Card spot in the American League. One of their biggest weaknesses is in the outfield, where Aaron Judge has been outstanding, but he’s currently on the Covid IL. Brett Gardner has gamely filled in at center field, but his days of being a solid offensive player seem to be over. The club recently traded for speedy outfielder Tim Locastro, but he’s one of five outfielders currently injured. The Yankees desperately need some stability, and Robbie Grossman could provide that for both this year and next.

The Yankees have a handful of interesting infield prospects in their system, but we’re assuming Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe are off limits in any Grossman deal. Diego Castillo is a 23-year-old native of Venezuela who plays third base, second base, and shortstop, but probably fits best at second base. He has always shown terrific control of the strike zone (if not a terribly patient approach), and this year he has started to drive the ball in the air more — he has 17 doubles and 11 home runs. Former LSU infielder (and 2016 Tigers draft pick) Josh Smith would be another interesting option.

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