The Los Angeles Dodgers have a decision to make before Opening Day in regards to their last couple of roster spots. Specifically with Wilmer Font and Trayce Thompson, who both out of Minor League options, and therefore organization risks losing them if they aren’t on the 25-man active roster.
Indications are Font has secured a spot in the bullpen, while Thompson’s outlook remains cloudy. He faced an uphill battle heading into Spring Training, as the Dodgers had an abudance of outfielders ahead of him on the depth chart.
The 27-year-old had a decent spring, which may have earned him a roster spot for the time being. While he is not sure what the future holds, Thompson said that he would like to remain with the Dodgers, via Bill Plunkett of the Southern California News Group:
“It’s interesting,” Thompson said diplomatically. “Ever since I got here I’ve wanted to stick here. We’ll see what happens.”
Considering the Dodgers reportedly believe Andrew Toles is best suited to begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City so he can get consistent at-bats, it’s plausible that opens the door for Thompson.
However, that just as well could go to Joc Pederson. Although, Pederson does have Minor League options remaining.
In 44 at-bats this spring, Thompson has hit .273/.289/.386 with one home run and two RBI. With Matt Kemp likely to get most of the at-bats in left field, Thompson would serve as the right-handed bat off the bench if he were to make the roster.
There were recent reports the Dodgers were shopping Thompson in trade talks, although it doesn’t look like they will find any suitors considering teams may have the ability to get him for nothing off waivers.