Toledo-bound Gose remains with Tigers organization

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Anthony Gose

Detroit — Anthony Gose isn't going anywhere.

The Tigers announced Wednesday that the speedy center fielder has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A Toledo, keeping him in the mix to win Detroit's starting center-field job this spring.

Last week, Gose was designated for assignment, meaning he was taken off the 40-man roster, after Detroit traded for Tampa Bay outfielder Mikie Mahtook.

Gose, Mahtook, JaCoby Jones and Tyler Collins are in the mix to be the Tigers' starting center fielder after Detroit traded Cameron Maybin, the 2016 starter, to the Los Angeles Angels at the start of the offseason.

Gose, 26, was the Tigers' starting center fielder most of 2015, batting .254/.321/.367 with five homers, 26 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in 34 attempts.

He was the Tigers' starting center fielder again to start 2016, because of spring injuries to Maybin, but was demoted in mid-May after batting just .209/.287/.341 with two homers and seven RBIs.

Gose never returned to the Tigers last season, after having a highly publicized shouting match with then-Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon in the dugout.

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After the incident in July, Gose didn't show up to the ballpark the next day, and then was demoted to Double-A Erie. Gose and McClendon didn't speak the rest of the season, not even for Gose to offer an apology. They have since cleared the air this winter, after McClendon was promoted to Tigers' hitting coach.

The Tigers acquired Gose in November 2014 from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for second baseman Devon Travis, who has shown star potential north of the border, when he's been able to stay healthy.

The trade is considered one of the rare misses by then-Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.