Rays Acquire Drew Sutton

The Rays announced that they acquired Drew Sutton from the Pirates for a player to be named. The infielder's stay in Pittsburgh was a short one; the Pirates acquired him from the Braves for cash considerations less than 24 hours ago. The Rays expect Sutton to join them tonight, at which point they'll make a corresponding move.

Sutton has a .258/.322/.403 batting line line in 178 MLB plate appearances with the Reds, Red Sox and Indians. The 28-year-old has MLB experience at all four infield positions and both corner outfield positions. He signed a minor league deal with Atlanta this past offseason and played 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett before yesterday's trade.

The switch-hitting Sutton will provide Rays manager Joe Maddon with infield depth while Evan Longoria and Brandon Allen recover from their respective leg injuries. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune first tweeted the news.

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  1. domaug 3 years ago

    i’m so confused… why can’t the Pirates just look for a real hitter?

    • Smrtbusnisman04 3 years ago

      Because no hitter wants to play in Pittsburgh unless they’re grossly overpaid!!!

  2. Josh Conn 3 years ago

    Thanks for the memories Drew, us Pirate fans will always treasure what you brought to the ballpark each day, all 1 of them.

  3. jb1996 3 years ago

    wow i dont see a point to this trade. Why acquire him if your just going to trade him the next day?

    • domaug 3 years ago

      especially for a PTBNL… might as well have cut the middle man out

    • Patrick Tuck 3 years ago

      Because the Rays said they would give them a player if they get him from the Braves…THINK.

  4. Kristy Robinson, beat reporter for PiratesProspects.com said Rays want him as ML player, and the Pirates had him solely for AAA depth. 

  5. Braves1976 3 years ago

    Good move by the Rays, I liked Sutton but the Braves didn’t give him a shot. Oh well.

  6. senior52 3 years ago

    This move sends  shockwaves through the AL East.

  7. derekbellstutu 3 years ago

    PTBNL because the Pirates are deciding which player to take: Zobrist, Hellickson, or Price.

  8. drjayphd 3 years ago

    And thus, the Rays dynasty moves into Phase 2: acquiring ALL the forgettable Red Sox castoffs. (Darnell McDonald, you’re next.)

  9. geauxbraves2000 3 years ago

    I’m looking forward to hearing/reading a story about this strange move.

  10. $6101468 3 years ago

    Sutton did a nice job in his Boston stay.  Guy is obviously not a regular but is versatile and won’t kill you for a few games.  Last season I remember him in Houston signing autographs for Sox fans just before the game began.  Nice touch.  Wish him well. 

  11. DempseyK 3 years ago

     Very confused about this move…the Rays list the transaction as “Drew Sutton acquired for cash”  I hope this isn’t just a cash deal.  I hope we have something coming back that we can at least take a look at in the bigs.  Perhaps even a Brandon Allen?

  12. Jack Miller 3 years ago

    Jose Molina c’mon

    1B Garrett Jones                                               1. Bedard
    2B Neil Walker                                                  2. Burnett
    3B Casey McGehee                                            3. McDonald
    SS Clint Barmes                                                4. Morton
    C Jose Molina                                                    5. Karstens
    LF Alex Presley                                                   
    CF Andrew McCuthchen                                      Closer: Hanrahan
    RF Jose Tabata

    Not bad for bottom feeders

    • ericc123 3 years ago

      Umm, Presley isn’t on the major league roster right now and appears to be in the dog house and Barajas is actually starting to hit.

    • Jeff Weissbuch 3 years ago

      What about Pedro Alvaverz

      • Jack Miller 3 years ago

        Alverez would be in there it’s just I forgot about him I’d switch McGehee to first Jones to right and and Tabata in left also I just checked Barajas is better than Molina career and now

  13. Mark P 3 years ago

    Dejan Kovacevic from the Pittsburgh Trip reported “that it was done to give Sutton a chance in the majors.”

  14. johnsilver 3 years ago

     He was taking swings yesterday and am sure will be back to his normal, awful self soon.

    AL East opponents are better off hoping he STAYS with Boston.. Having someone like that who cannot hit, nor field is a positive.. Pods, even Lin are better overall players.

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