The Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling at the plate as of late, and they’ve lost their leadoff hitter and right fielder to boot.
On Sunday, Mookie Betts was placed on the IL, dealing with bruised ribs. Betts sustained the injury on a miscommunication on a fly ball with Cody Bellinger, who ended up running into him and causing the discomfort.
Betts is expected to miss at least two weeks at the minimum to heal. In the meantime, the Dodgers are mostly left without a right fielder.
On Sunday, manager Dave Roberts sent Eddy Alvarez out to cover right field. He had an error that lead to a run in the second, and couldn’t make a possible play late in the game that could have saved at least a run.
After the game Roberts noted that on Monday there would be an addition to the team to platoon with Alvarez either internally or externally.
As such, the Dodgers have traded for Trayce Thompson, an old friend of the team. Thompson was in the Detroit Tigers organization, and was about to exercise an opt out of his minor league contract, as he was not expected to see any major league playing time with the Tigers.
Trayce was with the Dodgers organization from 216-2017, where he played 107 games, compiling a .207/282/.407/.694, with 14 homers, 13 doubles and 5 stolen bases.
He has been with a couple teams in the meantime, including Oakland, both Chicago White Sox and Cubs, and Cleveland Guardians. He played in six games for the San Diego Padres this season, where he garnered only one hit in 16 plate appearances.
This year for the Tigers Triple-A team, he has been tearing it up, having an slash line of .305/.365/.721 with an OPS of 1.085, and against lefties that OPS number was 1.256. He also has 17 homers.
In return for Thompson, the Dodgers will pay the Tigers cash considerations.