The Tigers have acquired outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Rays for a player to be named later or cash, according to a club announcement. Detroit designated Anthony Gose for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Mahtook lost his spot in Tampa Bay due to the club’s additions of Colby Rasmus and Mallex Smith in recent weeks, but will have a greater opportunity for playing time in Detroit. The Tigers currently have Tyler Collins slotted into center field between J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton, though Mahtook will likely see significant time as well.
Mahtook, 27, was the Rays’ first-round pick (31st overall) in the 2011 draft and has hit .231/.275/.410 with 12 homers in 106 games over the past two seasons. He is under club control through the 2021 season.
Gose, 26, hit just .209/.287/.341 in 30 games for Detroit last season and had a dugout altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon that led to a team-issued suspension. He is likely to land a job elsewhere as an outfield depth option for a club.