Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/6/12

Reliever Evan Meek and Utility man Drew Sutton declared free agency on Thursday according to the International League transactions page.

Meek was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on September 10th to make room for right-hander Rick vandenHurk on the 40-man roster. Meek posted a 2.74 ERA in relief at Triple-A this season, but has struggled at the Major League level since his All-Star year in 2010. Meek appeared in 12 games with Pittsburgh this year allowing nine runs over 12 innings with six walks. The right-hander appeared in just 24 outings last season due to several stints on the disabled list and a decrease in velocity.

Sutton was claimed off waiver from the Tampa Bay Rays. He appeared in 42 games with Pittsburgh this season where he posted a .254/.292/.393 line. Sutton was designated for assignment on July 31st to open a spot on the 40-man roster at the trade deadline. Sutton cleared waivers and finished the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton hit for a .270 clip over 38 games with Indy before ending the season with a broken foot.


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