It's a shame we won't get a chance to see Trayce Thompson pick up where he left off late in 2015, not unless a series of injuries befall the Dodgers outfield this spring. But maybe by including him in their three-way trade for Todd Frazier, the White Sox revealed their true feelings about him. Most prospect evaluators had given up on him after he hit about .240 at every step up the minor-league ladder, but don't tell that to the pitchers who faced him over the final two months of the regular season. He started out mashing lefties but eventually got to the point where the White Sox couldn't take him out of the lineup, delivering an ISO that would have ranked 16th among full-time players. Maybe he'll at least get to platoon in Los Angeles, but given the questionable production, he's a long-shot pick even in NL-only leagues.
Thompson was traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday as part of a massive seven-player, three-team trade, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. This is a pretty big blow to Thompson's value, barring further outfield moves by the Dodgers. He represented one of Chicago's top four outfielders, but it is unclear where he stands on the Dodgers' organizational depth chart. With Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and Enrique Hernandez already on the roster, it is not out of the question that Thompson begins 2016 at Triple-A, despite slashing .295/.363/.533 in 44 games with the White Sox last year. Frankie Montas and Micah Johnson also go to the Dodgers from Chicago as part of the three-team deal. In addition, the trade sends Todd Frazier from the Reds to the White Sox, while the Reds received Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon, and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers.
White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson (elbow) is back in the lineup on Friday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Thompson had been dealing with a sore elbow which caused him to miss the previous three games, but that injury won't cause him to miss a fourth, as he's batting fifth in the lineup and playing in left field against the Indians on Friday.
Promising White Sox rookie center fielder Trayce Thompson is a no-go again Thursday against Oakland with an elbow ailment, according to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago. Thompson's elbow is still sore, so he will miss his third straight game. Avisail Garcia will start in right field with J.B. Shuck in center against the Athletics.
White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson has been scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup. While Thompson was initially slated to return Wednesday, he will end up sitting in favor of J.B. Shuck in center, presumably because his left elbow is still presenting issues. Thompson suffered an elbow sprain on a diving attempt during Monday's game.
White Sox outfielder Trayce Thompson (elbow) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the A's, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 24-year-old was forced to sit Tuesday due to a left elbow sprain, suffered on a diving attempt Monday, but evidently it was a relatively minor issue. Thompson homered Monday for the second time in four games, giving him four with the big club and 17 total between Triple-A and the majors this season.