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Dodgers nearing trade for Trayce Thompson as Los Angeles tries to replace injured Mookie Betts, per report

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are closing in on a deal with the Detroit Tigers that will bring them an outfielder. Trace Thompson, according to Juan Toribio.

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Thompson, 31, appeared in six games earlier this season with the San Diego Padres. He was later nominated for appointment, and he chose free rein after passing all waivers unchanged. Thompson joined the Tigers about a month ago and has since spent his time at Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate, where he hit .299/.352/.639 with eight home runs in 25 games.

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Thompson, the brother of Golden State Warriors shooting guard Clay, was originally selected in the second round of the Chicago White Sox Draft in 2009. . Alas, the success achieved was unattainable. In his career, he hit .205/.280/.397 (83 OPS+) with 26 home runs. Thompson fared better against lefties (.728 OPS) than against righties (.648), which is an important factor given his likely role with the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers were looking for a right-handed outfielder who could team with Eddie Alvarez in right field during the game. Mookie Betts‘ absence. Betts suffered a broken rib last week after colliding in the outfield with Cody Bellinger.

The Dodgers entered Monday in first place in the NL West with a 40-25 record. In addition to the Betts, Los Angeles was also left without an outfielder. Kevin Pillar (who could fill the role himself) and more prominent members such as starters Walker Buhler as well as Dustin May and pitcher Blake Trains.

Monday is the day off for the Dodgers before embarking on a nine-game three-city trip, with stops against the Reds, Braves and Rockies. The Dodgers are due to face left-hander Max Freed on Saturday, and that might seem like a reasonable bet as to when Thompson will make his first start as a member of the organization.




Source: www.cbssports.com

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