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.
The Diamondbacks reassigned Thompson to their minor-league camp Sunday.
Thompson hasn't appeared in the majors since 2018, but he was able to stick around at big-league camp longer than anticipated after slugging two home runs over his first four Cactus League games. The 30-year-old fell off thereafter, finishing the spring with a .167/.219/.350 slash line before his demotion. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A Reno.
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.
Thompson will be a part of the Diamondbacks' 60-man summer camp.
Thompson, who is not on the 40-man roster, joined Arizona on a minor-league deal in early-February. He hasn't played in the majors since 2018, but did post a .882 OPS against left-handed pitching at the Triple-A level last season. Expanded rosters and a universal DH help his case, but there isn't a clear path to extended playing time here.
Thompson joined the Diamondbacks on a minor-league deal Sunday.
Thompson spent the entire 2019 season with Triple-A Columbus as a member of the Indians organization, hitting .219/.294/.482 with 24 home runs, 56 RBI and 51 runs scored over 89 games. The 28-year-old will have the opportunity to impress Arizona's major-league staff this spring before likely returning to the minors for an extended period of time.
Thompson was released by Cleveland on Friday.
Thompson had spent the entire season with Triple-A Columbus but failed to impress. He did hit 24 homers in 89 games, but that came with a .219 batting average, a 36.1 percent strikeout rate and an 88 wRC+. With a career .206/.276/.389 slash line over parts of four big-league seasons, he'll be stuck looking for another minor-league contract for now.
Thompson was assigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Thompson did all he could to earn a job this spring, hitting .293/.383/.610, but without a 40-man roster spot, he was always going to be a long shot. He's expected to open the year with Triple-A Columbus.
Thompson signed a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training with the Indians.
Thompson continues to bounce around the league after spending the 2018 season split between the Athletics, White Sox, Yankees and Dodgers. He played in 51 big-league games, slashing just .117/.162/.211 with nine RBI in 128 at-bats. The 27-year-old will compete to earn a spot as a fourth or fifth outfielder on Cleveland's roster this upcoming spring.
Thompson cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Tirple-A Charlotte, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Thompson won't end up with his fifth organization of the season but will instead remain with the White Sox. He could be back up with the team at some point, but he's now off the 40-man roster, putting him one step further from a return. Even if he does end up back in the big leagues, he's carrying a .117/.162/.211 in 51 major-league games this season, making him an unappealing fantasy asset.
Thompson was desginated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Thompson is living the life of a journeyman so far this calendar year, having already spent time with the Dodgers, Yankees, Athletics and White Sox in 2018. He could join his fifth organization of the year if claimed off waivers by another team. His performances have been far below replacement level, though, as he's hitting just .117/.162/.211 through 51 games, so there's a decent chance he returns to the White Sox in a minor-league role. A pair of Garcias, Leury (knee) and Avisail (hamstring), were activated from the disabled list to replace Thompson and the optioned Jose Rondon.
Thompson will start in right field and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Tigers.
Though he has posted a dismal .168 on-base percentage across 132 plate appearances this season, Thompson continues to see a fair amount of action for the White Sox, as Sunday's start will mark his fourth in five games. Chicago's lack of healthy outfield options seems to be the may impetus behind Thompson's continued usage, so the 27-year-old could see his opportunities tail off once one of Avisail Garcia (hamstring), Nicky Delmonico (hand) or Leury Garcia (knee) is back from the disabled list.
Thompson will start in right field and bat seventh Sunday against the Brewers.
Thompson will receive his fourth straight start Sunday, but it would seem he's only receiving the regular playing time out of necessity with three of Chicago's outfield options (Nicky Delmonico, Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia) all on the disabled list. The 27-year-old has produced only four hits in 21 at-bats over his last 10 games and is slashing .138/.185/.276 across 92 plate appearances on the season.
Thompson will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Tigers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Thompson will pick up his third straight start while the White Sox contend with a slew of injuries in the outfield. The 27-year-old recorded a base hit in each of the past two contests, but with his season line still sitting at an ugly .133/.167/.280 across 78 plate appearances, he'll need to produce at a far higher rate before generating serious interest outside of AL-only formats.
Thompson is out of the lineup versus Minnesota on Friday.
Daniel Palka will get the nod in right field while Thompson heads to the bench after going 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts during Thursday's series opener. Over the course of 15 games in 2018, Thompson is slashing .140/.178/.372 with three home runs, three RBI and one stolen base.
Thompson is not in the Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals.
Thompson will take a seat after making three straight starts and going 0-for-8 with two walks and two runs scored during those contests. In his stead, Daniel Palka will man right field and bat seventh.
Thompson is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader in Kansas City.
Leury Garcia will get the start in center field while Daniel Palka gets the nod in right field for the matinee. Thompson will likely be back in the fold for the nightcap against southpaw Eric Skoglund.
Thompson will man right field and bat eighth against Kansas City on Thursday.
Thompson was added to the lineup card since Nicky Delmonico was scratched with neck stiffness. During eight big-league games this season, Thompson is hitting .136/.136/.318 with one home run and one RBI.
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