One of those reinforcements could be on the way soon, as the Dodgers just completed a trade with the Detroit Tigers.
The trade brings one of their former players, outfielder Trayce Thompson, back to Los Angeles.
At Triple-A Toledo, the 31-year-old is hitting .299 with eight home runs.
Thompson spent 2016 and 2017 with the Dodgers.
He has also played for the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the news on Twitter.
Dodgers acquire outfielder Trayce Thompson. They need reinforcements with superstar Mookie Betts out.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 20, 2022
A Shared Lineage
Interestingly enough, Thompson is a familiar face for reasons other than the fact that he spent two seasons in Los Angeles.
He is also the brother of NBA superstar Klay Thompson, who just won a championship with the Golden State Warriors less than a week ago.
Trayce is a year younger than Klay.
But the Dodgers now have an outfield reinforcement on the way after losing Betts.
Thompson’s minor league stats are good so far.
The Dodgers can only hope he can translate that to the big leagues if he ever gets a shot on the major league roster.
For now, he has been assigned to the minor leagues, but it’s interesting that he shares a lineage with one of the best players in the NBA today.
The apple never falls too far from the tree.
Thompson has a career average of .205 with 26 career homers and 70 RBI.
He’s hitting .071 with no homers and two RBI this season.
We’ll see if he ends up getting a shot with the Dodgers at some point down the road.