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 3: Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners left fielder Taylor Trammell, center fielder Jarred Kelenic, and right fielder Mitch Haniger celebrate. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Mariners left fielder Taylor Trammell, center fielder Jarred Kelenic, and right fielder Mitch Haniger celebrate. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports /

According to FanSided’s own Robert Murray, the Mariners are “looking to buy” at the deadline. We also know Seattle is at the beginning of their window of contention, so they probably won’t be making any huge splashes. Murray has them “looking for starting pitching and infield upgrades” rather than outfield help, but like the Mets, Seattle should probably look for help on the grass too.

Yes, the Mariners have exciting young outfield prospects, Mitch Haniger is great, and Jake Fraley has been a revelation, but the team still owns the 4th worst outfield production in the majors. Grossman would buy more time for the youngsters and provide some insurance in the event the oft-injured Haniger hits the IL again. And, because the Mariners are apparently seeking infielders too, the Tigers can also help there.

Zach DeLoach won the 2019 Cape Cod League batting title and was off to a fantastic start for Texas A&M in 2020 before the season was canceled. Seattle drafted him in the 2nd round last year, and his tools are close to average across the board. He profiles as a solid 4th outfielder, but there’s still some everyday upside here. Austin Shenton transferred from Washington to Florida International, where he put up strong numbers for two years before the Mariners took him in the 5th round in 2019. He was recently promoted to Double-A, and so far in pro ball he has shown good control of the strike zone and above-average power production from the left side. He’s a bit stretched at third base, but he has played some left field and could hit enough to profile at first.

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