Dixon was released by the Tigers on Thursday in order for him to head to Japan.
The Tigers did not announce which NPB club Dixon will be signing with. Dixon fits the typical profile of a player heading overseas, as he's a 28-year-old with a respectable 197 big-league games under his belt but a generally unimpressive showing in those games. He's hit 20 career homers at the highest level and owns a .228/.271/.410 slash line.
Dixon's contract was selected Tuesday from the Tigers' alternate training site.
He logged a .248/.290/.435 slash line with 15 home runs and five steals in 118 games with the Tigers last year but then lost his 40-man roster spot and had been working out this summer at the alternate site. Jonathan Schoop (wrist) was transferred to the 45-day injured list in a corresponding move. Dixon should serve as a bench infielder for the rest of the week.
The Tigers reassigned Dixon to their alternate training site in Toledo on Thursday.
Though he led the Tigers with 15 home runs in 2019, Dixon was still a below-league-average hitter (86 wRC+) and didn't provide much value in the field. The Tigers non-tendered him over the winter before bringing him back on a minor-league deal, but he was unable to win a utility job with the club coming out of summer camp.
Dixon will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
Dixon was not a member of the 40-man roster, but after slugging a team-high 15 home runs last season, it appeared likely that he'd earn a spot on the expanded roster. The 28-year-old will give the Tigers a veteran option off their bench.
Dixon could earn a reserve role if MLB rosters are expanded for the 2020 campaign, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Dixon cleared waivers in January and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, which seemed to be his likely starting location in 2020. However, MLB rosters could expand when the regular season is able to begin, and Dixon could end up as a backup option at first, third and both corner outfield spots. The 28-year-old slashed .248/.290/.435 and led the Tigers with 15 home runs in 2019.
Dixon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
Dixon will remain as organizational depth for the Tigers heading into his age-28 season. His .248/.290/.435 slash line in 118 games last season was acceptable for a bench player who spent time at six different positions but clearly wasn't good enough for any team to view him as a desirable addition.
Dixon was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Saturday.
The Tigers acquired C.J. Cron (thumb) and Jonathan Schoop on Saturday, and Dixon was removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the infielders. Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs in 2019, but he saw limited playing time despite his defensive versatility. It wouldn't be surprising if the 27-year-old was able to find another major-league opportunity elsewhere, but it's unclear whether he would be able to cement himself as an everyday player despite his ability to move around defensively.
Dixon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
Dixon will be on the bench for the fourth time in seven games and looks to have moved into a part-time role with Jeimer Candelario having recently taken over as Detroit's primary first baseman. Though Dixon leads the Tigers with 15 home runs on the season, the impact of his power production has been muted by a .290 on-base percentage and a 32.7 percent strikeout rate.
Dixon went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Thursday against the Royals.
Dixon began a power barrage for the Tigers in the fourth inning, taking Glenn Sparkman deep for his 15th home run of the season. He hasn't served as an everyday starter for the Tigers of late, sitting in three of the team's past seven games. Despite that, he's been on a decent run in that span, collecting two multi-hit games while also smacking three doubles, driving in four, and scoring two runs. Overall, Dixon has managed a .250/.291/.451 line across 374 plate appearances this season.
Dixon is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
Dixon went 4-for-8 with three doubles over the weekend. Victor Reyes will start in left field Monday.
Dixon is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins.
Dixon has gone just 2-for-26 at the plate over his last seven games. John Hicks will get the start at first base in his absence.
Dixon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Dixon will take a seat after donning the golden sombrero has part of an 0-for-5 performance in Saturday's 8-5 loss. The 27-year-old is slashing just .226/.275/.357 with a 35.2 percent strikeout rate thus far in August. Jordy Mercer replaces Dixon at first base.
Dixon went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Saturday's 8-5 loss to the Twins.
It was a rough night for Dixon, and to add insult to injury, his final strikeout ended the game. The 27-year-old entered the contest with a 31.8 percent strikeout rate, so boom-or-bust efforts are to be expected, and he was definitely on the bust side Saturday.
Dixon is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros.
Dixon will head to the bench for what appears to be a routine day off following a string of six straight starts. Ronny Rodriguez is starting at first base and hitting sixth in place of Dixon against Justin Verlander.
Dixon went 3-for-10 with a triple and two runs while starting both ends of Tuesday's doubleheader with the White Sox.
Dixon is off to a solid start to August, starting in five of the Tigers' first six games of the month while going 8-for-21 with four extra-base knocks. He'll stick in the lineup at first base Wednesday in the series finale and serve as Detroit's cleanup hitter.
Dixon went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and four total RBI in Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Angels.
Dixon hit his 14th home run of the season in the eighth inning with a runner on, part of a five-run frame for the Tigers. The 27-year-old has been a pleasant surprise with a .767 OPS this season after posting a lowly .574 mark in 74 games last year.
Dixon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Dixon opened the scoring with his blast off Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi in the second inning. The first baseman is hitting .259/.294/.482 with 13 homers, 39 RBI and 27 runs scored in 224 at-bats this season. With a strikeout rate of 31.1 percent, Dixon can be a bit of a boom-or-bust hitter, but he's also 9-for-20 in his last six games.
Dixon is not in the lineup Thursday against Cleveland.
Dixon was supposed to get the day off Wednesday but was added to the lineup when Niko Goodrum was scratched with a bruised finger. Goodrum is back and starting at first base Thursday.
Dixon is starting at first base and hitting seventh Wednesday against the Indians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Dixon was originally slated to get the day off, but an injury to Niko Goodrum (finger) during batting practice forced the first baseman into action. Through nine games this month, Dixon is slashing .207/.303/.379 with one home run and five RBI.
Dixon is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.
Dixon hits the bench for the second time in three games. Harold Castro will handle first base in his absence.
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|2014||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||94||390||59||102||23||4||9||46||12||103||8||7||.262||.284||.410|
|2015||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||45||174||37||52||9||3||11||30||16||46||10||0||.299||.357||.575|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||11||46||6||8||0||0||1||3||--||16||0||0||.174||.174||.239|