Sutton signs with Astros
Sutton went 13-5 and led the National League with a 2.21 ERA during the 1980 campaign. But when the Dodgers decided not to renew Sutton’s contract, 10 teams lined up to court the veteran righty. It was widely believed the New York Yankees were Sutton’s top choice – especially when they offered him $900,000 per year.
In the end, however, Sutton spurned the pinstripes to join an Astros squad that had nearly captured the 1980 NL pennant. Perhaps it was the opportunity to pitch alongside Ryan, Joe Niekro and J.R. Richard – who at the time hoped to return from a stroke he suffered the previous summer – that ultimately persuaded Sutton.
Matt Kelly was the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum