Tampa Bay Rays Acquire Drew Sutton from Pittsburgh Pirates

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 22: Orlando Hudson #1 of the San Diego Padres is about to be tagged out by Drew Sutton #44 of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 22, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The go-ahead run scored on the play. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Move Provides Switch-Hitting Infield Depth

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired middle infielder Drew Sutton from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune:

Sutton, 28, joins the Rays after a brief stay in Pittsburgh, following his acquisition for cash from the Atlanta Braves just yesterday. He has three seasons of professional experience across several organizations, including the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and the Boston Red Sox, though he's never seen more than 76 plate appearances in that time.

Before being swapped by the Braves and Pirates, Sutton was last called up by the Red Sox on May 20th, 2011. He's batting at a career clip of of .258/.322/.403 in 86 total games and has experience at all four infield positions as well as time in both corners of the outfield.

Sutton, a switch-hitter, provides Rays Manager Joe Maddon with depth off the bench while Evan Longoria and Brandon Allen both continue to recover from leg injuries. He will join the team tonight.

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