FORT MYERS, Fla. When Clete Thomas toiled for the Detroit Tigers from 2008-12, Tigers manager Jim Leyland described him as a dirt bag. Leyland meant it as a compliment a tribute to the all-out way Thomas plays the game. There never was any doubt in Leylands mind that Thomas, the Tigers sixth-round draft pick in 2005, could be a big-league ballplayer. Hes a four-tools guy, Leyland said at the time.
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