May 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves, Transactions
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Braves have traded infielder Drew Sutton to the Pirates for cash.
The amount of cash has not been reported.
Sutton was hitting .270/.374/.372 with 10 doubles and two triples in 164 plate appearances for Triple-A Gwinnett, including 20 walks and 24 strikeouts. Sutton has proven his worth as a solid hitting infielder who could play all over the infield well, especially in his lengthy showing during spring training this year, where he was a candidate for a backup infielder job.
Selling Sutton shows the Braves’ thinking that they had no use for him. It could also show their reliance on Andrelton Simmons as the first infielder in the minor leagues to get a call up. I believe if anything called for an infield promotion, Simmons would get the call.
However, this still doesn’t answer why Sutton would get sold. He was a good hitter who got on base and could play several positions well. Twitter had hopes of him being the next Ben Zobrist. Apparently the Braves needed cash.
Biertempfel further said he didn’t know where Sutton would be sent, as Triple-A Indianapolis is not in need of another infielder. A corresponding move may be coming for the Pirates.