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Rich Thompson | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: James Madison
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Rays re-signed OF Rich Thompson to a minor league contract.
Thompson was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster in late October and elected free agency six days later. But he ultimately decided to return to the organization. Wed, Nov 28, 2012 11:15:00 PM

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Rich Thompson has elected free agency.

Thompson was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster last weekend and has decided to test free agency rather than accept the assignment. The 33-year-old will almost surely start the season at Triple-A, wherever he ends up.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 03:04:00 PM

Rays sent OF Rich Thompson outright to Triple-A Durham.

Thompson, 33, is strictly organizational depth. The move clears him from the Rays' offseason 40-man roster.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 03:07:00 PM

Rays recalled OF Rich Thompson from Triple-A Durham.

The Rays are recalling Thompson, Reid Brignac, Chris Gimenez, and Cesar Ramos. 33-year-old Thompson will back up at all three outfield spots.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 11:00:00 AM

Rays optioned OF Rich Thompson to Triple-A Durham.

He's managed just one hit in 17 at-bats with the Rays this season. Thompson will return to a .283/.368/.354 batting line at the Triple-A level.
Fri, Jun 22, 2012 03:48:00 PM

Rays recalled OF Rich Thompson from Triple-A Durham.

The 33-year-old, shipped from the Phillies to the Rays in a minor mid-May trade, can play all three outfield positions. He went just 1-for-16 (.063) with two stolen bases in his first taste of the big leagues earlier this season (Thompson played in 1,388 games in the minors before cracking Tampa Bay's roster), however, and should be ignored in all formats.
Tue, Jun 19, 2012 11:10:00 AM

The Rays will recall outfielder Rich Thompson from Triple-A Durham before Tuesday's game.

He'll take Brandon Gomes' spot on the active roster. Thompson, 33, went just 1-for-16 (.063) with two stolen bases in his first taste of the big leagues earlier this season.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:39:00 PM

Rays optioned OF Rich Thompson to Triple-A Durham.

Thompson returns to a .307/.390/.398 line with 11 RBI and seven stolen bases over 29 games at the Triple-A level. Of course, those stats were accumulated with Lehigh Valley, with whom he played prior to being shipped from the Phillies to the Rays in a minor mid-May trade. The 33-year-old can play all three outfield positions and will continue to give the Rays injury insurance.
Tue, Jun 5, 2012 12:49:00 PM

Rich Thompson will start in left field Thursday night against the Red Sox.

Thompson, who previously had one plate appearance with the Royals back in 2004, is making his first major league start after playing 1,388 games in the minors. We aren't expecting much from a fantasy perspective, but he's quite the feel good story. Matt Joyce will take a seat Thursday against the left-hander Felix Doubront.
Thu, May 17, 2012 04:25:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Rich Thompson from Triple-A Durham.

Thompson was just acquired earlier in the day from the Phillies, and now we know why. The 33-year-old can play all three outfield positions and will give the Rays another bench option with Brandon Guyer going on the DL.
Wed, May 16, 2012 07:13:00 PM

Rays acquired OF Rich Thompson from the Phillies for OF Kyle Hudson.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307/.390/.398 with 11 RBI, seven stolen bases and a .788 OPS over his first 29 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. He hasn't played in the big leagues since 2004 as a member of the Royals and will continue to serve as minor league depth with his new organization.
Wed, May 16, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Pirates re-assigned OF Rich Thompson, RHP Bryan Bullington, RHP Chris Enochs, RHP Brian Reith, RHP Kirk Bullinger and RHP Ron Chiavacci to minor league camp.

Thompson is a speedy former Rule 5 pick who was briefly with the Royals last season. Bullington was the top pick overall of the 2002 draft.
Mon, Mar 14, 2005 10:20:00 AM

Rich Thompson, a Rule 5 pick whom the Royals designated for assignment, returned to the Pirates organization and reported to Triple-A Nashville.

The Royals couldn't agree to a deal with the Pirates to keep Thompson. The Pirates paid the Royals $25,000 to take him back.
Thu, Apr 29, 2004 10:33:00 AM

Royals designated outfielder Rich Thompson for assignment.

If only Thompson had gotten a hit in his lone at-bat, maybe he would have stuck around. Expect the Pirates to take back the Rule 5 pick.
Sat, Apr 24, 2004 07:55:00 PM

Rule 5 pick Rich Thompson has made the Royals as the team's fifth outfielder.

Thompson will join Matt Stairs/Ken Harvey, Tony Graffanino, Mendy Lopez and Kelly Stinnett on the Kansas City bench. The speedster will hardly ever get starts in the outfield, so he probably won't have any fantasy value.
Thu, Apr 1, 2004 04:10:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Nick Franklin
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Nate Karns
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Colome
8Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9C.J. Riefenhauser