Tigers swap Devon Travis to Blue Jays for speedy CF Anthony Gose
Priority one: Re-sign Victor Martinez.
Priority two? Fix the outfield.
Apparently, the Detroit Tigers took care of both of those in the same day.
Hours after reportedly coming to a four-year deal with Martinez to keep in him in a Tigers uniform through the age of 40, a report had the Tigers trading prospect Devon Travis to the Toronto Blue Jays for speedy center fielder Anthony Gose.
Shi Davidi, a columnist for Sportsnet in Toronto, broke the news on Twitter. The Tigers confirmed it less than 10 minutes later.
The 24-year-old Gose, who has played 202 games in parts of three seasons for the Jays, is a career .234 hitter, but a plus defender in the outfield. He also hits left-handed.
"Anthony is a true center fielder than can provide us with above average defense in center field with a good arm,” Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said. “He possesses above average speed and can steal bases at the major league level. He swings the bat from the left side and we feel that he will continue to improve his offensive game."
Dombrowski said in his end-of-season news conference that the Tigers wanted to upgrade in center field, at least getting a left-handed complement for incumbent starter Rajai Davis.
Named the No. 1 prospect in the Tigers system by Baseball America just Wednesday morning, Travis had sped through the organization’s minor league system over the last two seasons on the strength of his bat. His 2014 season started with an injury, however, and he missed the Arizona Fall League after core muscle repair surgery.