Kozma cleared waivers Monday and will report to Triple-A Toledo. Kozma will serve as organizational infield depth with the Mud Hens after being designated for assignment and subsequently passing through waivers untouched. The 30-year-old owns a .200/.258/.306 slash line across 26 games with Toledo this season.
Kozma was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Friday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. A spot was needed for Miguel Cabrera and Kozma was the roster casualty. Kozma saw a brief stretch of regular playing time in mid-May but his opportunities dried up in a hurry -- he had logged just 12 at-bats in the past two weeks. The 30-year-old will now be subjected to waivers.
Kozma is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Kozma enjoyed a run of six consecutive starts in mid-May, but after batting just 4-for-25 over that stretch he has been buried on the bench ever since. The 30-year-old could be at risk of losing his spot on the active roster when Miguel Cabrera (hamstring) is likely reinstated from the 10-day disabled list during the upcoming week.
The Tigers are expected to purchase Kozma's contract Tuesday. Kozma will head to the big leagues after his contract was bought from Triple-A Toledo. The 30-year-old shortstop had a poor showing in the major leagues last season, slashing .111/.200/.178 in 39 games. He'll look to bounce back and provide meaningful contributions for Detroit, likely as a bench player.
The Tigers reassigned Kozma to their minor-league camp Thursday. Kozma made 39 appearances with the Rangers and Tigers last season, but his value came almost entirely on defense, as he slashed a porous .111/.200/.178 across 51 plate appearances. With higher-upside utility options on hand in JaCoby Jones and Niko Goodrum, it likely wasn't a tough decision for the Tigers to dismiss Kozma, who is expected to report to Triple-A Toledo to begin the season.