LOS ANGELES — The Yankees claimed outfielder Trayce Thompson off waivers on Tuesday, ending his two-year stint with the Dodgers.
Thompson was designated for assignment on Tuesday, removing him from the 40-man roster two days before the regular season began. He was out of options and below Joc Pederson and Andrew Toles on the outfield depth chart.
“He’s a guy who needs to go out there and play,” manager Dave Roberts said last week. “When he had his success here it was a two-month spurt when he got to play a lot, on a nightly basis, and we just didn’t see that for him right now.
“He did a lot of good things for us. ... We obviously wish Trayce all the best.”
Thompson hit .225/.302/.436 with 13 home runs in 80 games in 2016 with the Dodgers but missed the final three months of the season with a fracture in his back. An offseason of rehab led to a disastrous 2017, in which he hit .201/.262/.351 between the majors and minors combined and started the season on an 0-for-38 slump.
“It was a terrible mix of everything,” Thompson said of his 2017 season.
In parts of two seasons with the Dodgers Thompson hit .207/.287/.407 with 14 home runs in 107 games and 317 plate appearances.