Grossman signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Tigers on Tuesday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. The veteran outfielder had arguably the strongest season of his career in his age-30 campaign for Oakland last season, hitting .241/.344/.482 with eight homers and eight steals in just 51 games. Those numbers aren't far shy of his career highs of 11 homers and nine steals and suggest at least modest cross-category value for Grossman going forward. Playing time could become a question if he struggles, with the Tigers likely to turn to younger options who have more of a future with the club, but if he's hitting well he won't need to be platooned, as he's a switch hitter with an above-average career batting line against both lefties and righties for his career.
Grossman is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Athletics' ALDS matchup with the Astros. Grossman will take a seat for the second game in a row while manager Bob Melvin continues to make room in the lineup for the hot-hitting Khris Davis, who has smacked home runs in the first two contests of the series. So long as Davis continues to spark an otherwise languishing Athletics offense, expect him to pick up starts at the expense of either Grossman or Stephen PIscotty.
Grossman will sit for Game 2 of the ALDS against Houston on Tuesday. Despite being a switch hitter, Grossman didn't start a single game against a southpaw this season. That trend will continue Tuesday against Framber Valdez, with Mark Canha starting in left field and Khris Davis serving as the designated hitter.
Grossman will be on the bench for the second game of the Wild Card Series against the White Sox on Wednesday. Grossman went hitless in Game 1, though that's true of most of his teammates as well, as Oakland managed just three hits in their 4-1 loss. Mark Canha slides from right field to left in his absence, with Stephen Piscotty entering the lineup in right field.
Grossman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners. Grossman has turned in a decent season, with the switch hitter doing nearly all of his damage against right-handed pitching. Against lefties, Grossman is just 2-for-20. He sits against Marco Gonzales in the regular-season finale, and Grossman's exposure to southpaws will remain limited during the postseason.