March 16, 2012; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas (36) at bat in the first inning against the New York Mets during a spring training game at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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After being designated for assignment earlier this week by the Detroit Tigers, Clete Thomas has been claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Despite losing him to a division rival, Tigers skipper Jim Leyland is happy for the 28-year-old, who couldn't seem to consistently crack the Tigers' wall-to-wall outfield:
In three seasons with the Tigers, Thomas received 443 plate appearances and had a hitting line of .253/.336/.728. Thomas was drafted by the Tigers in the 2005 amateur draft out of Auburn University, but was originally drafted out of high school by the Twins and he works out during the offseason with Twins' outfielder Denard Span.