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Pirates claim Drew Sutton off waivers from the Rays

Jun 24, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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From Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Pirates claimed utilityman Drew Sutton off waivers from the Rays on Sunday afternoon.

It’s been a season of travel thus far for Sutton, a 28-year-old former 15th-round pick. He signed a minor league contract with the Braves in November, was traded to the Pirates on May 20, then acquired by the Rays one day later for a player to be named later. And now he’s back on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster after being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay last week.

Sutton owns a weak .261/.320/.391 career slash line in the major leagues. But he’s seen action at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots over the course of his four-year MLB career.

  1. stairwayto7 - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM


  2. danaking - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Why is a good question, considering how the Pirates have played lately.

    Calling Sutton’s stat line “weak” is a bit much. .261 is about average, and an OPS of 711 is also close. (MLB averages for this year are .253 and 722.) Not awesome, but pretty close to the personification of “average.’ A lot of teams will take that from a utility player.

    I wonder if there is a trade in the offing and the Pirates are looking for little organizational depth.

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