DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – In just over a 24 hour time span, the Detroit Tigers traded away both right fielder Robbie Grossman and pitcher Michael Fulmer. Both player’s contracts were set to expire this season.

Grossman had been a part of the Tigers organization for two years on a $10 million contract. In that time, he hit 23 home runs and stole 20 bases but this season was struggling at the plate with a .205 average, two home runs, and 23 RBI. Detroit sent Grossman to Atlanta for left handed pitcher Kris Anglin.

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“I’m sad, but it’s part of this business. It’s not the first time I’ve been traded, but I’m looking forward to my new journey in baseball. I’m excited to get a new start and excited to help the team and do whatever I can to help them win,” says Grossman. The Twins are in the hunt for a pennant this year as Grossman will now have a chance to win in the post season.

Anglin has been a professional for just about a year and was drafted by the Braves in 2021 in the 16th round out of Howard College (Texas). The 5 foot, 11 inch pitcher is from Bakerfield, Calif., started his minor league career last year throwing 11.1 innings in five games in the Florida Complex League striking out 15 batters. This year he struggled at the A level in Augusta with a 5.93 ERA with 19 walks, 36 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched. He was demoted back to rookie ball in June. With his experience, Detroit may start him out at Single-A Lakeland.

Fulmer was dealt just before the deadline to the Minnesota Twins whom Detroit was playing at the time. All he had to do was walk across the field to the Twins dugout and switch jerseys. The former AL Rookie of the Year and All-Star was swapped for double-A pitcher Sawyer Gipson-Long.

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Making the All-Star game in 2017, he went on the disabled list in August. This was the first of two injuries over the next two seasons that plagued him along with as shortened 2020 season due to the pandemic. Last year he had 14 saves, 73 strikeouts, and a 2.97 ERA getting back on track. This year he was moved to middle relief where he has two saves and a 3.20 ERA in 41 games.

The addition of two young pitchers adds to the depth of talent that was drafted by the Tigers as they now look to the future.