DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have reportedly traded minor league outfielder Trayce Thompson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.
Thompson, 31, was granted free agency by the San Diego Padres on May 14 and signed a minor league deal with the Tigers five days later.
In 25 games with the Toledo Mud Hens, he hit .299 with eight home runs and seven doubles. He had a .992 OPS (on base plus slugging percentages).
The Dodgers were looking for outfield depth after star leadoff man Mookie Betts went on the injured list with a cracked rib. Thompson had an opt out clause and likely wasn’t going to break into Detroit’s crowded outfield, so this was a cheap option that made sense for Los Angeles.
The Tigers are 26-40, so this probably won’t be the last trade Al Avila makes. Since they’re well out of the playoff picture, the Tigers be sellers at the deadline once again.