Al Avila and the Detroit Tigers seem to have solved their center field crisis in the form of a trade. They acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He is likely to split time with the out of options Tyler Collins in center. In a corresponding transaction, speedster Anthony Gose was designated for assignment.
Mahtook had a rough season last year, hitting an abysmal .195/.231/.292 with three home runs over 196 plate appearances. He does, however, possess potential, posting much stronger numbers in his rookie season, with a slash line of .295/.351/.619 with nine home runs in 116 plate appearance. His defense isn't game-changing, but it's roughly league average for a center fielder. thony Gose was designated for assignment.
Gose finds himself on the wire after falling out of favor with the Tigers' organization. Gose, still just 26, has a career .240/.309/.348 batting line over 1252 plate appearances. He also has 57 stolen bases, or an average of 25 per 162 games. He could find himself scooped up by a rebuilding team in need of some outfield depth. thony Gose was designated for assignment.
Despite the acquisition of Mahtook, it remains possible that the Tigers continue to add outfield depth. Just yesterday, they were connected to Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, the latter has since signed with Arizona. Anthony Gose was designated for assignment.null