EATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has traded catcher Jesus Sucre to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later (PTBNL) or cash considerations.
Sucre was designated for assignment on January 26 and his contract was outrighted to AAA Tacoma Feb. 1.
With today’s move, the Mariners Major League, 40-man, roster remains full. Seattle now has 21 players invited to Spring Training. (Major League camp will have 62 total players: 40 roster players, 1 player currently on suspended list and 21 non-roster invitees).
Sucre, 28, appeared in only 9 games over two stints (7/6-20 & 9/2-end of season) with Seattle in 2016 due to an injury, batting .480 (12×25) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 2 walks. He was on the 60-day disabled list from March 1 to July 6 after having surgery to repair damage in his right ankle on Jan. 26, 2016 in Seattle. He sustained a fractured right fibula during winter ball in Venezuela. In two stints with AAA Tacoma after being activated from the disabled list, Sucre hit .300 (24×80) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 10 RBI and 3 walks.
Sucre was signed by the Mariners as a minor league free on July 19, 2011. Over parts of four seasons with Seattle (2013-16), he hit .209 (50×239) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 home runs, 20 RBI and 10 walks in 88 career games. Sucre was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on May 20, 2005.