Sutton Traded to Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded infielder Drew Sutton to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Sutton was acquired on Sunday from the Atlanta Brave for cash considerations. The 28-year-old was originally expected to report to Triple-A Indianapolis today. Sutton will report straight to the Tampa Bay Major League club in the trade.

Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett this season where he hit .270 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 15 RBI.

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  • Charlie Grinn

    Go figure…

  • st1300b

    I think this begs the question… wha???
    First you trade for a guy for cash… we don’t know how much and before you put it in your wallet you trade him away?
    Not sure what to make of this, frankly I liked the looks of the guy although I wasn’t sure how he’d fit he can play just about any position on the field and had what appears to be a decent bat.
    Any way Tim to determine what caliber of player that you get in return for a guy like Sutton? … I hate PTBNL’s.

  • salempirate

    He is 28 y.o., but the way I see it, he’d be an upgrade over Navorra. We can’t keep him, but the Rays can roster him???

  • Todd Carlson

    I’ve gotta think that the Bucs had the PTBNL in mind when they dealt FOR Sutton, knowing that Tampa would deal with them.

  • John Lease

    He’s hitting .500 for Tampa, with 3 RBI already.

    • Kevin_Creagh

      C’mon…it’s been 8 AB’s. In the past 4 years, he has played for CIN, CLE, BOS, and now TB. 1 week ago no one ever heard about Drew Sutton, because he’s a minor league journeyman that has never had more than 60 AB’s in a single ML season, but now we’re lamenting the “loss” of him?
      Clearly, TB wanted him and the Pirates worked a deal to get him in exchange for a PTBNL and future goodwill from TB. If there weren’t sites dedicated to every transaction, like this one and MLBTR, you wouldn’t even know this happened. Or cared. This happens a lot more frequently than you think.

      • John Lease

        Why not? Who ever heard of Yamaico Navarro before the Pirates got him? Sutton has more of a track record than him, and a better one too. Even in very limited time, he’s never hit less than .200. Would you rather have him, or Navarro?
        .275 hitter in AAA, he has some skills.