Tigers make an under the radar trade with the Rays
On the day of the very popular Hall of Fame vote, in which three former players (Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez) were selected to enter the prestigious Hall, two teams were swinging a deal that got little attention.
The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Tigers designated outfielder Anthony Gose for assignment to create roster space for Mahtook.
Mahtook, 27, will be under team control through the 2021 season. Over parts of two seasons in the majors, he has hit .231/.275/.410 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 311 plate appearances. Those aren’t numbers that will jump off the screen, but according to a few scouts I have talked to, he has yet to reach his full potential in the big leagues. He may never reach that potential, but for the Tigers to give up only cash and a PTBNL, its little risk that could pay dividends over the long 162-game season.
Mahtook has played the outfield corners in the big leagues, but spent most of his minor league career in center field. He’ll provide valuable outfield depth for the Tigers this season.
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