NEW YORK -- Just before their home opener in the Bronx on Tuesday, the Yankees acquired outfielder Trayce Thompson off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. His addition comes at a time when New York has lost several outfielders at the start of the season due to injury.
The Dodgers designated Trayce Thompson for assignment last Tuesday. Drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in 2009, he has appeared in 151 major league games. The .233 lifetime hitter batted .122 in 27 games for the Dodgers last season. His best season was in 2016, when he hit .225 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs in 80 games for Los Angeles.
In addition to signing Thompson, the Yankees also transferred right-handed relief pitcher Ben Heller to the 60-day disabled list due to a right elbow bone spur.