After being designated for assignment on Wednesday so that the Tigers could purchase the minor league contract and call Drew Smyly up to the big leagues, the Minnesota Twins reportedly claimed the 28 year old off of the waiver wire.
He has a .253/.336/.391 line in 443 MLB plate appearances, most of which came during the 2008-09 campaigns.
He played for Triple-A Toledo last year, posting a .251/.314/.401 line in 406 plate appearances while playing all three outfield positions.
I, for one, liked the way Thomas plays the game. He grinds every at bat out and has a cannon for an arm. However, with the younger Andy Dirks as the Tigers 4th outfielder due to his superior bat, there was no room on the 25 man roster for Thomas.