Move Provides Switch-Hitting Infield Depth
#Rays acquire inf Drew Sutton from Pirates for PTBN. Expected to join roster today.— RMooneyTrib (@RMooneyTrib) May 21, 2012
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.