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Tigers claim 2 players off waivers from Reds, Blue Jays

The Detroit Tigers claimed two players off waivers on Friday, taking advantage of a league-wide round of postseason roster trimming.

Infielder/outfielder Brandon Dixon was claimed from the Cincinnati Reds and left-handed reliever Jose Fernandez was claimed from the Toronto Blue Jays. Both players made their Major League debut in 2018. 

Friday was the deadline for teams to reinstate players 60-day disabled list. Several teams had to waive players in order to create space on the 40-man roster. The Tigers’ two moves were among several claims processed Friday.

Dixon, 26, was drafted by Reds in the third round in 2013 out of the University of Arizona. Although primarily a second baseman, he’s also logged significant innings at first base, third base and all three outfield positions. He scorched the ball at Triple-A -Louisville in 2018 but struggled at plate in big-league debut.

Fernandez, 25, has been in the Blue Jays system since signing as teenager out of the Dominican Republic. He posted a 2.45 ERA in 29 innings for Triple-A Buffalo before making his MLB debut with the Jays on Sept. 1.

If the two players make it to spring training, Fernandez could compete with lefty Daniel Stumpf for a role in the bullpen. Dixon could compete with Ronny Rodriguez and others for a bench role. 

Both players have all three option years remaining and could provide depth for the Tigers in Triple-A Toledo. 

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