The trade deadline is however six months absent.
But in the wake of an harm to star correct fielder Mookie Betts, a absence of evident replacement solutions in the organization and a monthlong slump from the lineup at large, the Dodgers felt compelled in the latest times to search for out an additional proper-handed hitter.
On Monday, they discovered it, closing in on an agreement to purchase Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers in trade for funds criteria, in accordance to various people today with awareness of the condition.
In buying and selling for Thompson — a offer that very likely won’t be finalized until finally Tuesday, in accordance to a person individual — the Dodgers will get a 6-calendar year MLB veteran who has demonstrated the skill to strike for electric power. While he is just a occupation .205 hitter, Thompson has 26 residence runs in 640 big league plate appearances.
A 31-yr-old Los Angeles native who went to higher faculty at Santa Margarita Catholic and is the youthful brother of Golden Point out Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Trayce earlier played for the Dodgers, appearing in parts of two seasons with the club through 2016 and 2017.
Given that then, he has bounced around to many organizations. In 2018, he put in time in the majors with the Oakland A’s and the Chicago White Sox, the team that initially drafted him in the 2nd spherical in 2009. Very last period, he performed 15 game titles for the Chicago Cubs.
This 12 months, he signed with the San Diego Padres in March and went a person for 14 in 6 video games with them prior to remaining specified for assignment in May. He signed a minimal league offer with the Tigers after that.
In 41 triple-A video games this 12 months, he has 17 property runs, a .305 batting ordinary and 1.086 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
The Dodgers’ need to have to get an additional right-handed bat became magnified in the latest weeks.
Earlier this thirty day period, Kevin Pillar was dropped for the rest of the time because of a remaining shoulder fracture.
On Sunday, the workforce put Betts on the hurt record just after discovering he had suffered a fractured rib in a collision with Cody Bellinger a handful of days previously, an injury that will maintain Betts out for at the very least a few of weeks.
Devoid of Betts or Pillar, the team made use of left-handed hitting infielder Eddy Alvarez 2 times in a few online games in opposition to the Cleveland Guardians this previous weekend, but he misplayed quite a few balls Sunday that contributed to the club’s decline in the series’ rubber match.
Numerous of the team’s other organizational solutions in the outfield, these types of as Zach McKinstry or Jake Lamb, are also remaining-handed hitters — which would have minimal the team’s opportunity platoon alternatives to match up in opposition to left-handed pitchers.
While one particular of the club’s top rated posture participant prospective buyers, Miguel Vargas, is a ideal-handed bat, he is limited defensively, getting hardly ever played the outfield right before in his qualified occupation.
Manager Dave Roberts hinted Sunday afternoon at the Dodgers’ pursuit for a trade, when he instructed reporters the club’s entrance workplace was thinking of choices both internally and “externally, as well” for an additional proper-handed bat.
“I like the plan of having a ideal-handed bat be part of us,” Roberts mentioned.
It was a will need the Dodgers didn’t foresee obtaining in advance of the year began, when they traded AJ Pollock — a veteran right-handed hitting outfielder — to the Chicago White Sox for nearer Craig Kimbrel all through the past 7 days of spring schooling with the strategy it would equilibrium out their roster.
But 3 months later, injuries have thinned their depth. A will need for a new addition has instantly arisen. And as they try out to snap out of their 7-9 slump due to the fact the start off of June, they are hoping Thompson can at minimum temporarily assist fill a void.