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Phillies Trade AAA OF Thompson

OF Rich Thompson hits a single in last year’s International League playoffs. (Photo via Express Times)

The Philadelphia Inquirer was fresh off of running a feature on career minor leaguer Rich Thompson this past weekend.

It looks like someone in the Tampa Bay system has a subscription.

The Phillies traded Thompson to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson is currently on his way to join the Rays now, the first time he has been on a big league club since having one Major League at-bat with the Royals in 2004.

“It’s awesome,” Thompson told Matt Gelb from the airport in Charlotte.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 29 games with the IronPigs this season. In his last game yesterday, he went 3-for-4, falling a home run shy of the cycle.

Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 with a double and triple in 31 games with the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s AAA affiliate. He will join the IronPigs.

Hudson played in 14 games last season with the Orioles, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with two RBIs.

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