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Detroit Tigers trade Robbie Grossman to Atlanta Braves for prospect

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Tigers have made their first trade, just minutes after their latest loss.

After Monday’s loss to the Twins, the Tigers sent outfielder Robbie Grossman to the Atlanta Braves, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Tigers received left-handed pitcher Kris Anglin in return.

This year’s trade deadline is 6 pm Tuesday.

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“Detroit will always be special to me,” Grossman said Monday. “This jersey will always be special to me. The group of guys in this clubhouse, that relationship never leaves. It will always be a special place in my baseball career.”

Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) scores on a double by center fielder Riley Greene (not shown) in the fifth inning July 30, 2022 against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Grossman, 32, is suffering the worst season of his 10-year MLB career. The switch-hitter is batting .205 with two home runs, 23 RBIs, 38 walks and 90 strikeouts in 83 games (272 at-bats). He is in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract.

Entering 2022, Grossman appeared to be a candidate for a short-term contract extension.

Still, he can play right and left field and had a 440-game errorless streak snapped just a few weeks ago. He now aims to help the Braves battle for the National League East and defend their World Series championship.