The Philadelphia Phillies have dealt minor league outfielder Rich Thompson to the Tampa Bay Rays in return for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson was a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, but with the Rays having nine players on the disabled list, his services were needed in the major leagues for Tampa Bay.
Thompson is a career minor leaguer if there ever was one. He has spent 13 seasons at some level of the minor leagues, where he has accumulated nearly 6,000 plate appearances. Thompson is a career .280/.355/.371 hitter in the minors with 35 home runs, 463 RBIs, and an impressive 442 stolen bases. He has spent the last decade at the Triple-A level and has seen just one at-bat in the major leagues – In 2004, the Kansas City Royals called up Thompson, and he promptly grounded into a double play in his lone MLB plate appearance.
Thompson wasn’t going anywhere in the Phillies system, and he’s simply a left-handed hitting body to sit on the Rays bench until their injuries are fixed. The player the Phillies got in return is a 25-year old left-handed hitting outfielder. Hudson has some speed but he struggled mightily in his limited major league plate appearances last season with the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .143/.143/.143 in 29 plate appearances. He did steal two bases, and he has the defensive versatility to play left, center, or right field. Hudson was hitting .291/.378/.318 at the Triple-A level this season with seven steals in 133 plate appearances.