Yankees acquire outfielder Trayce Thompson off of waivers

The Yankees announced on Tuesday that the team acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club placed pitcher Ben Heller on the 60-day disabled list to clear room on the 40-man roster for Thompson. The Yankees initially placed Heller on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Thompson, 27, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on March 27.
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The Chicago White Sox drafted Thompson in the second round of the 2009 Amateur Draft out of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. Thompson made his Major League debut for the Sox in 2015, playing in 44 games before being traded to the Dodgers during the off-season as part of a three-team deal that also saw former Yankee Todd Frazier sent to the White Sox from the Cincinnati Reds.

In his three Major League seasons Thompson has struggled to find any consistency at the plate. Last year, he played in only 27 games for the Dodgers, batting .122 with 23 strikeouts in just 49 at-bats. Thompson’s best season to this point was his rookie campaign with Chicago, when he batted .295 with five HRs and 16 RBIs.

Though it may not benefit the Yankees, Thompson’s claim to fame to this point is his impressive lineage. He is the son of former Los Angeles Laker Mychal Thompson and the younger brother of current NBA star Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

The move adds needed outfield depth for the Yankees, after early injuries to Aaron Hicks, Jacoby Ellsbury, Billy McKinney, and Clint Frazier left the team short-handed in what was initially touted as an overcrowded outfield.

Article by: Jonathan Kohut


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