Braves Trade Infielder Drew Sutton To PiratesPosted: May 20, 2012
In a minor but noteworthy move today, the Braves traded minor league infielder Drew Sutton to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash (MLB Trade Rumors). Sutton, 28, played in 37 games for the Braves in Triple-A, holding a .267/.373/.363 slash line.
Face value, it’s weird the Braves traded a backup utility infielder with a good OBP. He seemed to be the guy if Wilson or Pastornicky were to go down due to injury and needed to recall a shortstop. Sutton has always had a very good OBP which many teams value, but at 28 with little to no power, he is nothing more than a replacement level, or slightly above average, player in the big leagues.
The move seems to signal the Braves are confident with shortstop Andrelton Simmons progress in Double-A. Also, this gives the Braves extra cash to spend at the deadline if needed. In a similar but not really related note, Keith Law’s latest mock draft (ESPN subscription required) has the Braves selecting high school shortstop Tanner Rahier in the first round. But again, this is more of an interesting side note for everyone that the Braves may be targeting a shortstop in the first round.
The front office had a reason or two for making this move, as all trades do, so that is my interpretation.
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