Thompson, 31, has played 223 games for five teams in parts of six MLB seasons, with a career .205 batting average, 26 home runs, 28.6% strikeout rate and 9.5% walk rate.
He most recently played six games for the San Diego Padres in 2022, before he was designated for assignment May 10. He went 1-for-14 (.071) with two walks and seven strikeouts.
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Thompson cleared waivers and elected free agency May 14, rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A El Paso in the Padres’ organization.
The Tigers signed Thompson to provide outfield depth, considering Austin Meadows (vertigo), Victor Reyes (right quad strain) and Riley Greene (fractured right foot) are on the injured list. Akil Baddoo, currently with Triple-A Toledo, hasn’t played since May 13 due to oblique soreness.
There are three true outfielders on Detroit’s roster: Robbie Grossman, Derek Hill and Daz Cameron. Utility players Willi Castro and Harold Castro can play the outfield, and backup catcher Eric Haase has experience in left field.
Thompson can lock down all three outfield positions.
And he has plenty of reps in the majors.
The Chicago White Sox drafted Thompson, a right-handed hitter, with the No. 61 overall pick in 2009. He made his MLB debut in August 2015 for the White Sox, appearing in 44 games that season.
Thompson has played for the White Sox (2015, 2018), Los Angeles Dodgers (2016-17), Oakland Athletics (2018), Chicago Cubs (2021) and Padres (2022). He spent the entire 2019 season with Triple-A Columbus, an affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians.
To go with 223 games in the big leagues, Thompson has logged 1,072 games — and a .236 batting average — in 12 minor league seasons. He first reached the Triple-A level in 2012.
This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers sign Trayce Thompson to minor-league contract
Source: Yahoo Sports