The Cincinnati Reds designated outfielder Bubba Thompson for assignment earlier this week in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster so that they could call up right-handed pitcher Brett Kennedy. Thompson had been designated for assignment numerous times in his career and he was claimed each time. This time, though, he cleared waivers and the Reds have outrighted him to Double-A Chattanooga. That’s where he had been optioned to earlier in the month.

Sometimes a player can refuse their outright and become a free agent. As far as I can tell that is not the case for Bubba Thompson as he has never been outrighted before. If a player has been outrighted in the past then they do get the rights to refuse a subsequent outright in the future.

Thompson struggled this season in the big leagues. He played in 17 games, but he only got 18 plate appearances as he was used more often as a pinch runner or defensive replacement than as a hitter. He went 2-for-18 with a double, five stolen bases, no walks, and 11 strikeouts. That was good for a .111/.111/.167 line.

After he was optioned to the minor leagues he went 0-12 to start his time with Chattanooga. That’s not too surprising – he hadn’t had an at-bat against live pitching in a game in two-and-a-half weeks when he joined the Lookouts. Since then he’s found a bit of a groove, going 7-for-22 with a double, home run, and two walks. After not playing for a few days after being designated for assignment, Thompson should be back in the lineup with the Reds Double-A squad soon.

7 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Thompson’s situation reminds me of a Rule 5 guy, where a club essentially may need to hide the player (limit opportunities to play). No can do under the current travails.

  2. LDS

    Not really a surprise at this point. Maybe the Reds wish someone had claimed him. Not much space for pinch runners/defensive replacements on a lot of rosters these days.

  3. Melvin

    Doesn’t hurt to have him in the minors as depth to fill out rosters but I’m not sure I ever want to see him with the Reds again.

  4. Brian

    I remember that song about when he shot the jukebox.

  5. JB

    Im shocked nobody wanted Corey Patterson , I mean Bubba Thompson. The Reds love guys like these. Gold Jerry,Gold.


    Remember the Reds didn’t even keep Christian Walker a few years ago. Guess roster crunch problems. Fair right handed bat for the D’backs now.

    • Oldtimer

      A long time ago (late 1950s) but Maury Wills was a Reds minor leaguer at Seattle but they gave him back to the Dodgers.