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 2: New York Mets

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New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto and center fielder Brandon Nimmo. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Mets just traded away Billy McKinney, who was their 3rd best outfielder by fWAR, so perhaps they aren’t in the market for another outfielder…but they probably should be. Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith are a solid core, but Grossman’s ability to hit from both sides of the plate and handle all three outfield spots make him an ideal 4th outfielder who could step into the lineup when there’s an injury. And he could be a solid, inexpensive replacement for 2022 if Conforto leaves in free agency.

Jose Butto and Jaylen Palmer are both high-risk prospects, but for completely different reasons. Butto is a changeup artist with a fringy breaking ball and a fastball with good characteristics but below-average velocity. He doesn’t offer much in the way of projection, but there’s a good chance he develops into a solid swingman or number 5 starter. Jaylen Palmer is a raw 21-year-old with a collection of interesting tools who is currently batting .278/.379/.388 with 22 steals in Low-A ball. He’s lanky and projects to above-average power if he can hit enough, and he has seen time at shortstop, third base, and the outfield.

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