Drew Sutton Signing Not Huge One But Will Give Red Sox Organizational Depth in Event of Injuries


If 2010 taught the Red Sox anything, it's that you cannot have too much in the way of organizational depth. Changeable parts, injury replacements — all are needed at some point in time, or in the case of last year's team, on an everyday basis.

Such is the logic behind the low-profile but potentially important signing of infielder/outfielder Drew Sutton, formerly of the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.

Sutton, 27, is a switch hitter who has hit .222 with three home runs at the major league level but has shown just enough pop and speed as a minor leaguer to merit some attention.

What occurred last year in Boston was somewhat of a funnel effect. As major leaguers went down left and right with injury, the top options at the minor league level were promoted to fill their voids, some perhaps at a time when their promotion was not ideal. The depth on the farm then suffered.

Sutton would represent another major league-ready option in the event the Red Sox lose a few starters to injury.

His numbers won't wow you. The signing is tiny compared to those we will see on a weekly basis the rest of this offseason. But at some point in the midst of a push for a playoff spot, Drew Sutton may be in the middle of the action. That's what we learned in 2010.

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