MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers made a waiver claim, but it wasn't a highly speculated move. Instead, they claimed right-handed reliever Evan Reed from the Marlins and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.
The big 27-year-old went 3-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 12 saves at Double-A Jacksonville, striking out 43 batters in 34 2/3 innings while allowing 24 hits. Reed went to Triple-A New Orleans and those totals flipped, with 27 strikeouts and 43 hits allowed over 32 2/3 innings.
Though Reed has some starting experience in the low levels of the Minor Leagues, the Mud Hens will use him out of their bullpen.
Reed was in big league camp with the Marlins, competing for a bullpen spot, but he was optioned out on March 11. Miami designated his contract for assignment at the end of camp to open a 40-man roster spot.
The addition fills the last opening on the Tigers' 40-man roster. If Detroit ends up making another claim or otherwise adding another player, it would need to remove somebody from the roster to make room. One potential addition could include outfielder Casper Wells, whom the Mariners designated for assignment on Sunday. The Tigers would almost surely have to move a player who is out of options anyway if they were to add Wells, so the roster question would be moot in that situation.