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Blue Jays option Gose, send three others down

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays made another round of cuts on Monday morning by optioning outfielder Anthony Gose and re-assigning Mike Nickeas, Chris Getz and John Tolleson to Minor League camp.

Toronto now has 30 players remaining in camp: three catchers, eight infielders, five outfielders and 14 pitchers. One catcher, two infielders and at least one pitcher likely will be sent down within the next couple of days.

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Gose is the biggest name in the latest group of cuts, but his departure hardly comes as a surprise. For the past couple of weeks, it has become a foregone conclusion that he was set to start the year in the Minor Leagues.

The 23-year-old remains one of the organization's top prospects, but still has a lot of work to do at the plate before he's ready for a full-time role at the next level. He strikes out far too often and needs to improve his on-base percentage, but his overall skillset is still very enticing to the organization.

Gose has game-changing speed on the basepaths and plays very solid defense in center field. In 313 at-bats at the big league level, Gose is a .240 hitter with a .294 on-base percentage.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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