ARLINGTON -- Evan Reed is headed back to Triple-A Toledo. The right-handed reliever, designated for assignment by the Tigers last week to make room for Chad Smith, cleared waivers and had his contract outrighted to the Mud Hens on Thursday.
Reed spent most of last season in Toledo, save for a few stints in Detroit. The 28-year-old cracked the Tigers' Opening Day roster this year by showing an effective breaking ball to go with his upper 90s fastball, but struggled over the past month or so.
Reed had been designated for assignment previously, which is how the Tigers acquired him from the Marlins at the start of last season. Since this was his first time being outrighted, however, he did not have the option of declining the assignment and becoming a free agent. He will have that option if he is put back on the roster and outrighted again.
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