The Tigers and Blue Jays made an interesting trade on Wednesday night, announcing a swap that sends outfielder Anthony Gose to Detroit in exchange for second baseman Devon Travis.
Gose, 24, will become the Tigers' regular center fielder next year unless the team makes another addition before the beginning of the season. Detroit had been using Rajai Davis at the position after sending Austin Jackson to Seattle as part of the David Price trade, but Davis will now likely shift to right field with Gose in center and J.D. Martinez in left. Torii Hunter, who had been manning right for the Tigers, is now a free agent, so his chances of returning to Detroit may be less likely with this deal completed.
Gose is known as a terrific defender but has struggled offensively in the majors, hitting only .234/.301/.332 with five home runs in 202 games. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions.
Travis, 23, was ranked as the top prospect in the Tigers' weak minor league system by Baseball America just hours before the trade. The former thirteenth round pick spent the 2014 season with Double-A Erie, hitting .298/.358/.460 with ten home runs and 52 RBI in 100 games. The Jays likely view him as a potential second baseman of the future, as the team has been on the lookout for help at the position so far this offseason.