TORONTO – Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose is headed to Venezuela in the coming days to play winter ball with Tiburones de La Guaira.
The speedy centre-fielder, who at the end of a trying 2013 campaign said he had no intention of suiting up during the off-season, will continue to work on eliminating the leg kick from his swing, among other elements of his game.
Gose, 23, batted .259/.283/.408 in 147 at-bats over 52 games with the Blue Jays after struggling at a .239/.316/.336 clip with 121 strikeouts in 106 games at triple-A Buffalo.
The idea to drop the leg kick – a timing mechanism introduced to him in the minors – was broached once he was called up in August. Manager John Gibbons was among those who felt the kick was "messing with his timing."
In September, when asked why he wanted to lose the kick, Gose replied: "’Cause I suck with it."
"(The swing) looks good in the cage without it," he added. "But obviously in the game, on video and everything, there’s still a little kick there. Just trying to slowly kind of eliminate it."
Gose should have an opportunity to break camp next spring as the team’s fourth outfielder in place of free agent Rajai Davis, if not competing for a more prominent role on the club depending on how the off-season plays out.