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Mikie Mahtook traded to Tigers

Trade frees up some leg room in a crowded outfield.

The moves keep on coming for the Tampa Bay Rays as they traded OF Mikie Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday for cash and the ‘ol “player to be named later.” With the signing of Colby Rasmus and getting Mallex Smith in a trade from the Mariners last week, a move was needed to free up space not only in the outfield but on the 40-man roster, as well. Moving Mahtook kills two birds with one stone. The specific cash number has not been disclosed as of yet.

Mahtook, 27, has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Rays. He made his MLB debut in 2015 and was the best hitter on the roster for the entire month of September that year. Unfortunately, coupled with nagging injuries in 2016, Mahtook had a very rough season last year and finished hitting .195/.231/.292 and a paltry .523 OPS.

Detroit designated OF Anthony Gose for assignment to make room on their own roster.

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