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Tigers Sign Veteran Outfielder to Minor League Contract

Devon Platana
The Detroit Tigers have signed a veteran outfielder to a minor league contract.
The Detroit Tigers have signed a veteran outfielder to a minor league contract. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers have had a forgettable start to the 2022 MLB season as they sit at the bottom of the AL Central standings with a 13-25 record. The club could use all the help it can get to turn things around, which is why they've gone out and added more minor league depth.

The Tigers announced on Thursday morning that they have signed veteran outfielder Trayce Thompson to a contract with Triple-A Toledo. The 31-year-old has played a total of 223 MLB games since being a second-round draft pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2009.

Trayce Thompson MLB

Thompson has spent his career bouncing around from team to team, having only played more than 100 games with only one of the five clubs he's been a part of. During the 223 games he has played, he's recorded 26 home runs and 70 RBIs while slashing .205/.280/.397.

Thompson even got to suit up in six games with the San Diego Padres this season but didn't yield any results. He hit .071 in 14 at-bats, recording just one hit and a pair of RBIs.

The good news for the Tigers is that the veteran outfielder has been slightly better in the minors compared to the majors, racking up 168 HRs and 579 RBIs while batting .236 in 1,072 games played.

Tigers outfielders Austin Meadows and Victor Reyes have both landed on the 10-day injured reserve over the last week or so. If the outfield injuries continue to pile up, Thompson could see a call-up.

Nevertheless, it's going to take a monumental effort to turn the Tigers' season around. Detroit currently has the worst odds (+5000) to rebound and win the AL Central title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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