Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Tampa Bay Rays acquire infielder Drew Sutton from Pittsburgh Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired switch-hitting Drew Sutton from the Pirates for a player to be named later.

Sutton, 29, is here at the Trop and will be added to the active roster. The Rays have another move to make, potentially putting Jeff Keppinger (right foot) on the DL.

Sutton has played parts of three seasons in the big leagues, with a .258 career average in 86 games with Boston, Cincinnati and Cleveland. He's played second and short primarily. Sutton said it's been a whirlwind the last 24 hours, having been traded twice last night.

Sutton, 29, was playing for the Braves Triple-A team at Rochester, NY last night when he was pulled from the game in the 4th. They told him after he was traded to Pittsburgh, and he planned to rent a car and drive to Buffalo the next morning to join the Pirates Triple A team. Then, at 11 pm, he was told of the change in plans, being shipped to Tampa Bay to join the big league roster.

"It was a really good surprise," Sutton said, smiling. "It's a lot better than Buffalo.

Sutton said he's played all four infield spots, but is most comfortable at second base. He's also played some outfield, growing into a utility player like his good friend, Ben Zobrist, who was his old roommate in Houston after getting drafted together in 2004.

The Rays have yet to announce the corresponding move, though Jeff Keppinger is likely headed to the disabled list with a right foot injury.

Coincidentally, Sutton was once traded for Keppinger, back in 2009, from the Astros to the Reds.

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