How much longer can the Dodgers tolerate these wildly underperforming players?

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Trayce Thompson

When it comes to Trayce Thompson, the Dodgers are so clearly keeping him around in hopes that he begins to produce like he did for them last year. The outfielder made 74 appearances for the 2022 club and broke out, hitting 13 home runs with a 147 OPS+ along the way.

This earned him a spot on the Opening Day roster this year, but he has not come anywhere close to that same level of play. He's currently riding the bench and has not been trusted to have any sort of regular playing time with the club. Through 34 games, he has five home runs and 14 RBI with a .147 average and 79 OPS+ (and his numbers were far worse before he woke up a bit over the weekend against the Rays).

As is the case with Miguel Rojas, Thompson's future on the active roster is being pushed a bit by some minor leaguers who are off to hot starts in Triple-A. Jonny DeLuca, a 24-year-old outfielder, has 11 home runs with 28 RBI and a .275 average through 41 games split between two minor league levels. He's also currently on the 40-man roster, which helps his case. Elsewhere, Andy Pages (who was just recently promoted to Triple-A) has three home runs with 25 RBI and a .907 OPS through 34 minor league contests.