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Rangers notes: What the Robbie Grossman signing means for left-field hopefuls

 (AP photo/Paul Sancya)



SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Rangers appear to have found the right-handed hitter for their platoon in left field.

They signed veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman to a one-year, $2 million contract that could grow to $5 million if he reaches a series of performance incentives. A switch hitter, Grossman excels against left-handed pitching as a righty hitter.

He becomes the front-running for the bulk of those at-bats with veteran Brad Miller and second-year play Josh Smith, both lefty hitters, the leading candidates for at-bats against righties.

The Grossman deal could allow the Rangers to use Bubba Thompson as a true fourth outfielder, though he might be better served playing every day at Triple A Round Rock if there aren’t enough at-bats for him to continue to develop.

General manager Chris Young will address the signing Saturday morning at the Surprise Recreation Campus.

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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