It's safe to say this feel-good story has started to wash away. Thompson came out of nowhere last season and had an absurd couple of months for the Dodgers after being acquired for cash from the Tigers.
In a 50-game span from June 21 through August 30, Thompson slashed .301/.388/.564 with seven home runs and 26 RBI. He played a huge role in the Dodgers winning virtually every day. Unfortunately, the magic started to dry out a bit in September, and he had just two hits in 13 at-bats in the postseason. Even with the slightly sour ending, Thompson had definitely earned a spot on the 2023 Dodgers.
He didn't start on Opening Day, but Thompson played the second game of the season and had the game of his life, launching three home runs and driving in eight runs. The Dodgers cruised to victory in Arizona and Dodgers fans were excited about 2023 Trayce Thompson. Unfortunately, he's done practically nothing since.
In a part-time role since that first appearance, Thompson has four hits in 56 at-bats with just one home run. He has drawn 13 walks which is solid, but he's struck out 30 times and looks uncompetitive in most of his at-bats.
We get that Thompson is out of options, but it's not like this guy is owed $60 million like Chris Taylor. Eventually, if the Dodgers are serious about this season, they have to take the risk. If someone claims him off of waivers and he goes off, more power to him.