TIGERS CLAIM BRANDON DIXON AND JOSE FERNANDEZ OFF WAIVERS
The Detroit Tigers today claimed the contracts of infielder Brandon Dixon and lefthanded pitcher Jose Fernandez off waivers. Dixon was previously with the Cincinnati Reds, while Fernandez was with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dixon, 26, saw the first Major League action of his career in 2018 with the Reds, appearing in 74 games and hitting .178/.218/.356 with 14 runs scored, six doubles, five home runs and 10 RBI. He also played in 49 games with Triple A Louisville, batting .346/.389/.570 with 28 runs scored, 18 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 23 RBI. In six Minor League seasons, Dixon has hit .261/.306/.430 with 304 runs scored, 131 doubles, 16 triples, 67 home runs and 283 RBI. A native of La Jolla, CA, Dixon was originally drafted in the third round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fernandez, 25, made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays in 2018, pitching in 13 games in relief and compiling a 0-0 record with a 6.10 ERA (10.1IP/7ER) and six strikeouts. He also appeared in 44 games between Double A New Hampshire and Triple A Buffalo, posting a 4-3 record with four saves, a 2.97 ERA (60.2IP/20ER) and 65 strikeouts. In 195 career appearances, including four starts, at the Minor League level, Fernandez has an 11-9 record with 24 saves, a 3.55 ERA (276.2IP/109ER) and 266 strikeouts. A native of Mao, DR, Fernandez was signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 5, 2012.
With the additions of Dixon and Fernandez, the Tigers 40-man roster is now at 38.