Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Drew Butera acquired from Twins

Moments before the end of this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Dodgers made a minor move in trading for backup catcher Drew Butera from the Twins.  He'll be exchanged for a player to be named later.

Butera has appeared at various times in the majors since 2010, making a career-high 93 appearances in 2011.  He's only played in two games this year and 27 games in Triple-A.  For his career, he's hitting .182 with 5 home runs and 41 RBIs in 186 games.  Not exactly stats that will knock your socks off.

He did start for Team Italy in this year's World Baseball Classic, where he was 3-for-16 with a homer and three RBIs in four games.

This move was made for catching depth in September, as I can't see any way Butera would unseat Tim Federowicz as the backup catcher.  Then again, Federowicz is only hitting .204, so I guess it's a wash.  Ned Colletti went on MLB Network in the past hour and made a point of having three MLB ready catchers in the system, so there you go.

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