Thompson was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports. The outfielder hit .278 in 18 at-bats with Triple-A Reno to begin the season. Now 30, Thompson is several years removed from his most productive minor-league seasons and now joins his sixth professional organization.
Thompson went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's spring game against the Angels. Thompson launched his second home run of the spring while making his second start in right field since Kole Calhoun (knee) was sidelined. Calhoun is expected to miss between four and six weeks after undergoing surgery, and Thompson is part of the mix to fill in should Calhoun not be ready for Opening Day.
Thompson started in right field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's spring game against the Padres. Thompson was the first to fill in for the injured Kole Calhoun, who will undergo a medial meniscectomy on his right knee Wednesday. The Diamondbacks haven't set a timeline yet, but there's uncertainty surrounding his availability for Opening Day. Thompson will be in the mix for playing time along with Tim Locastro, Josh Rojas, Pavin Smith and Josh VanMeter.
Thompson was reassigned to the Diamondabcks' alternate camp Saturday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Thompson lost out on a bid to be the fifth outfielder -- a job that went to Jon Jay -- and will work in team's satellite camp at Salt River Flats. It's possible another outfielder on the roster bubble, like the super-utility Josh Rojas, eventually joins Thompson as an off-roster pool player, so his exact status in the outfielder pecking order is not known at this time.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo mentioned Thompson on Monday as a potential fill-in for Kole Calhoun (illness), Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Calhoun, Arizona's projected starter in right field, tested positive for COVID-19, and is status for Opening Day is uncertain. In the event he's not ready to go, Lovullo is preparing potential replacements. In addition to Thompson, the manager mentioned Josh Rojas and Jon Jay as fill-in options.