The Dodgers responded to their need for outfield depth on Monday, trading for old friend Trayce Thompson, acquiring the Tigers veteran for cash considerations.
Thompson was on a minor league contract with Detroit, so the Dodgers will have to add him to the 40-man roster, though that’s an easy fix with the 60-day injured roster beckoning Walker Buehler, who isn’t. not expected before September. .
In Triple-A this season, Thompson hit .305/.365/721 with 17 home runs and 29 extra hits in 41 games between Toledo and El Paso, the latter affiliated with the Padres, the organization with which he started the season. .
Thompson, 31, has seen some majors time this year with San Diego, going six games with a hit on 14 at bats. The Padres were slated for assignment on May 10, and after obtaining the waivers, Thompson elected free agency, signing with the Tigers on May 19.
Thompson was willing to exercise an opt-out on his deal with Detroit, reported Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Instead, Thompson is returning to the Dodgers, who he played for in 2016-17. He hit 13 homers in half a season while playing all three outfield berths in 2016 before suffering a back injury that wiped out his season.
The Dodgers desperately needed another outfielder, especially with Mookie Betts out for at least two weeks with a broken rib. During Monday morning’s Leading Off with True Blue LA podcast, I discussed possible inside call options for the team, but didn’t think of Thompson as an outside option.
The club started Eddy Alvarez and Hanser Alberto in right field this season. It was the first time in this position for Alvarez and the fourth as a professional for Alberto, and it was seen in both cases with the infielders.
Thompson gives them a right-handed bat that can play all three outfield positions, which they had with Kevin Pillar, who suffered a broken shoulder just four games into his stint with the hometown team , requiring surgery that ended his season.
Thompson this season against lefties is hitting .310 / .375 / .881 with seven homers in 48 plate appearances, including six hitless batting against lefties in the majors.
Since being claimed waivers from the Dodgers by the Yankees in 2018, Thompson played in the majors with the A’s, White socks, Cubs, and Padres in parts of three major league seasons. During this time, Thompson also played in the minors for Cleveland and Arizona.