The battle for the left field job just got a little clearer. The Dodgers have announced that they have designated outfielder Trayce Thompson for assignment. His 40-man roster spot will be given to triple-A right hander Cory Mazzoni who was claimed off of waiver from the Chicago Cubs. The move definitely gives us some clarity on the opening day roster.
Today, the Dodgers claimed RHP Cory Mazzoni from the Cubs. Mazzoni will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
To create room on the 40-man roster, Trayce Thompson has been designated for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 27, 2018
For Thompson it’s a sad end to his brief Dodger career that was marred by injuries. Thompson had some promise, especially during his first stint with the club. He got off to a fast start but the back injury was just too much to overcome in time to be able to get enough playing time to establish himself above the rest of the outfielders.
Thompson was having a decent but not great spring. In 48 plate appearances Thompson was slashing .255/.271/.362 with one home run and just two runs driven in. He played in 20 games and was pretty unspectacular all around. I would expect for somebody to pick him up, but he just didn’t have much of a place on this team.
That was the thing about Thompson. He was a good but not great player and I still don’t know if he’ll be able to play every day with his history of injuries. I think his ceiling is as a fourth or fifth outfielder. He’s a useful player but he may never become a productive regular. Hopefully he proves me wrong because I wish him the best.
But the Dodgers have plenty of guys that can serve in that role. With the club already announcing that they’ll be carrying a 13-man pitching staff that means a 4-man bench instead of the standard 5-man bench. Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez are roster locks. It would seem that either Joc Pederson or Andrew Toles could be the backup outfielder. That also means that Matt Kemp probably gets the starting slot in left field despite his bat cooling off over the last couple of weeks.
As for Mazzoni? He’s just a placeholder. He’ll report to Oklahoma City until his roster spot is needed. He’s 28-years old and has appeared in 14 MLB games with the San Diego Padres. He’s posted a career 17.28 ERA in the bigs with 12 strikeouts and 40 hits allowed in a little over 16 frames. In the minors he’s fared better posting a 3.79 ERA across 373 innings while recording a 27-15 win/loss record.