ST. PETERSBURG Outfielder Rich Thompson, a career minor leaguer, has been acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies, the club announced Wednesday night prior to its game against the Boston Red Sox.
To obtain the 33-year-old journeyman, the Rays swapped 25-year-old Durham outfielder Kyle Hudson, who was hitting .291 with the Bulls.
Thompson has spent 13 seasons in the minors and not appeared in the majors since 2004, when he played six games with the Kansas City Royals. However, the Rays like his speed and his ability to serve as a backup centerfielder. Thompson has been enjoying a good season with the Phillies' Triple-A club in Lehigh Valley this season, hitting .307 (27-for-88) with no homers, 11 RBI and seven stolen bases.
To make room on the active roster, outfielder Brandon Guyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 13 with a left shoulder strain. And to accommodate Thompson joining the 40-man roster, Jeff Niemann has been ...