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Drew Sutton Off To Hot Start; Should Pirates Have Kept Him?

Dejan Kovacevic questions the Pirates' handling of infielder Drew Sutton. The Bucs acquired Sutton in a minor deal with the Braves, then shipped him to the Tampa Bay Rays almost immediately after. Normally, this kind of move wouldn't have attracted much attention, except that the Rays inserted Sutton directly into their lineup and he's 4-for-8 through two games, and the Pirates have a wretched offense that badly needs help.

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But speaking only for myself and only for now, I’d criticize the Pirates primarily if they again failed to identify someone who could have helped their offense.

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Especially now.

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I really don't think this move matters much. Sutton is a 28-year-old minor-league veteran who is now (by my count) in his seventh organization. The Pirates already have four middle infielders on their roster, and even as bad as things have been, there isn't much reason to think a Class AAA hitter like Sutton will help much going forward. The Pirates should continue scouring the waiver wire and looking to make minor trades, but Sutton is a journeyman for a reason, and it seems a little odd that the Bucs are in line for criticism for acquiring him and then letting him leave, when they'd likely encounter very little if they'd just never acquired him at all.

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