When the Tigers traded catcher Rob Brantly Monday, the Mud Hens were minus a catcher. On Thursday Detroit fixed that problem by signing Brad Davis as a free agent and assigning him to Toledo.
Davis already is with the Mud Hens as they play at Columbus Thursday.
The 29-year-old Davis is a Long Beach State product who was drafted by Florida in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. Davis worked his way through the Marlins' farm system, spending time in Triple-A with Albuquerque (2007) and New Orleans (2009-11).
In 2010 Davis earned a promotion to Florida in 2010 and hit. 211 with three home runs and 16 RBIs with the Marlins.
This season Davis signed as a free agent with San Diego and played in 39 games with the Padres' Triple-A team in Tucson. Davis batted .155 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBIs before being released at the end of June.
Davis signed with Miami -- his original team -- in early July and was sent to New Orleans, where he hit .067 in seven games and was released recently.
Adolfo Reina, who was promoted from Hi-A Lakeland to replace Brantly, returned to the Flying Tigers to make room for Davis.