The Mariners Wednesday traded C Jesus Sucre to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash. Seattle designated Sucre for assignment Jan. 26 and outrighted his contract to Tacoma Feb. 1. With the trade, the MLB roster remains full at 40 players.
Sucre no longer fit into Seattle’s plans after the club acquired Tuffy Gosewisch, 33, for organizational depth. Sucre, 28, was also out of minor league options. The job of backing up Mike Zunino falls to Carlos Ruiz, 38, who was acquired from the Dodgers for reliever Vidal Nuno.
Sucre appeared in only nine games due to injury over two stints with the Mariners last season, batting .480 with a home run and five RBIs. He was on the 60-day disabled list from March 1 to July 6 after having surgery to repair damage in his right ankle Jan. 26. 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 with 10 RBIs.
The Mariners signed Sucre as a minor league free July 19, 2011. Over parts of four seasons with Seattle (2013-16), he hit .209 with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs, 20 RBIs and 10 walks in 88 career games. Sucre was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent May 20, 2005.