WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - No one in baseball seems to know who or what Anthony Gose truly is.
He was an outfielder. He could be a pitcher. At Astros spring training, he is a mystery.
Gose, 27, hit so inconsistently during five seasons in the majors and nearly a decade in professional baseball that he switched to pitching last season in the minors. He had not taken the mound in a competitive game since high school.
Astros draft former MLB outfielder Gose, hoping he can pitch
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros have added former big league outfielder Anthony Gose, hoping he can develop as a left-handed pitcher.
The World Series champions took Gose from the Texas Rangers' minor league system Thursday in the annual winter meeting draft of players left off 40-man rosters.
Now 27, Gose began pitching last season in the minors for Detroit. He was 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in 11 relief appearances in the Class A Florida State League, striking out 14 in 10 2/3 innings.
Rangers acquire Rule 5 pick Carlos Tocci from White Sox
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Carlos Tocci from the Chicago White Sox and signed infielder Hanser Alberto and right-hander Kevin Jepsen to minor league contracts, with invitations to major league spring training.
The Rangers got Tocci from the White Sox for cash after Chicago selected the 22-year-old in the Rule 5 draft Thursday. Anthony Gose, a Texas outfielder assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, was selected by Houston in the Rule 5 draft.
Barnette re-signs with Rangers; Gonzalez back on minor deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Reliever Tony Barnette has signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal to stay with the Texas Rangers.
Barnette, who had a 3.75 ERA over 103 relief appearances the past two seasons, had become a free agent when the Rangers last month gave him a $250,000 buyout instead exercising their $4 million club option for the right-hander.
Detroit — Dave Dombrowski didn't make a lot of bad trades when he was the Tigers' president and general manager. You can probably count the stinkers on one hand. But one that stands out was the Devon Travis-for-Anthony Gose swap with the Toronto Blue Jays.
That deal officially has been shifted to the Tigers' "trash" category, now that Gose has left the organization and signed as a minor-league free agent with the Texas Rangers.
Tigers release Lowe, send Jimenez to minor league camp
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have released right-handed reliever Mark Lowe, one of several cuts before Sunday's spring training game against Toronto.
Detroit also optioned catcher John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo, and the Tigers reassigned right-handers Joe Jimenez, Ruben Alaniz, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon and Edward Mujica, infielder Dominic Ficociello and outfielders Anthony Gose and Juan Perez to minor league camp.
Tigers’ center field position is up for grabs
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. Yet that is what the Detroit Tigers have in center field as they prepare for this weekend's start of the exhibition season.
"The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't love judging people in spring training, but in this case we're going to have to use it a little bit."
Tigers acquire OF Mikie Mahtook from Tampa Bay
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named or cash.
Detroit announced the trade Wednesday and designated outfielder Anthony Gose for assignment.
Mahtook, a first-round draft pick in 2011, hit .195 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 65 games for the Rays last season. He played 41 games in 2015 for Tampa Bay and hit .295 with nine homers and 19 RBIs.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers demoted outfielder Anthony Gose to Double-A Erie on Wednesday after he was in an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon during a game over the weekend.
The Tigers announced that the 25-year-old Gose had his option transferred from Triple-A Toledo to Erie. They also said he'd been on the suspended list from Sunday until Wednesday. Toledo has been off from Monday through Wednesday for its All-Star break.
Toronto — A pair of Tigers outfielders, one a prized prospect, and another a well-known but disappointing presence in Detroit the past two seasons, were disciplined Saturday in separate incidents with Triple A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon.
JaCoby Jones, who had a hot start on the Tigers farm following a long suspension that ended in May, was benched Saturday after not running with sufficient hustle after he hit a pop-up in the Mud Hens' game against Louisville at Fifth...