4:49 p.m.: The Tigers will receive cash as part of the deal, Athletic’s Cody Stavenhagen reports (Twitter link).
4:15 p.m.: The clubs agree on a deal, tweet Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.
4:05 p.m.: Dodgers close in on trade to acquire outfielder Trayce Thompson of the Tigers, reports Juan Toribio of MLB.com (on Twitter). Assuming a deal crosses the finish line, it would be a second stint in Los Angeles for the 31-year-old.
Thompson is not currently on Detroit’s 40-man roster, having signed a minor league contract a month ago. It seems, however, that the Dodgers would add him to the big league club if they brought him on board. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported this morning that LA is looking for a right-handed outfielder following Mookie Betts trip to the injured list. Thompson, it seems, will get the first crack in this role.
A former White Sox second-round pick, Thompson played six major league seasons. That included a 2016-17 run in Dodger blue, as the club landed him from Chicago in a three-team trade that sent Todd Frazier from Cincinnati to the Sox. Thompson played 107 games for Los Angeles over those two seasons, the biggest job he’s compiled with any of the five MLB clubs he’s suited for.
That includes a six-game stint with the division-rival Padres this season. Thompson didn’t produce during that cup of coffee in San Diego, but he’s absolutely crushed at the top miners in 2022. Between the top affiliates in San Diego and Detroit, he’s compiled a .305/ line. 365/.721 and blasted 17 home runs in 41 games. Thompson retired 28.2% of his Triple-A plate appearances, but his massive power impact was enough to convince the Dodgers front office to bring him back.
Swing and miss issues have been a similar problem for Thompson at the major league level. He’s hit 28.6 percent of his 640 career plateau appearances en route to a .205/.280/.397 line. He hit 26 homers and swept 11 bases, but the below-average numbers have relegated him more toward journeyman status in recent years. Unsurprisingly, Thompson has been better when holding the peloton advantage than against same-handed arms, but his .218/.283/.445 line against southpaws is still a little below average.
Thompson will be something of a stopgap option while Betts recovers, an unsurprising course of action for the organization. Rosenthal wrote this morning that the team are not looking to give up notable young talent in any deal, believing they could take a bigger hit to an impact addition closer to the trade deadline if Betts miss too much. of time.