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Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins

Jul 31, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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As Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown first reported, the Dodgers have acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named or cash.

Butera, 30, has 490 major league at-bats under his belt and has hit .182/.230/.263 with five homers and 41 RBI. He is a very good defensive catcher, but his bat is so anemic that the Twins could no longer live with him as Joe Mauer‘s backup. He’ll be the third catcher on the Dodgers’ depth chart and insurance in case either A.J. Ellis or Tim Federowicz gets hurt.

  1. Bryz - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Butera is possibly the worst hitter among position players in the major leagues, but his defense is apparently regarded highly enough that the Dodgers wanted to acquire him.

    He’s a really nice guy, great sense of humor (met him at TwinsFest in January) and as long as he remains the backup, Dodger fans will barely notice he’s even on the team.

    • jwbiii - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      So you’re saying he’s ok as long as you don’t actually play him?

      • Bryz - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        Exactly!

  2. dlhouse18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I’ll miss Butera. He was the butt of many jokes for us Twins fans. Don’t get me wrong, he has value as a defensive catcher and is a good game caller. Anything he does offensively is basically a bonus. You can use him as a relief pitcher too.

  3. deepstblu - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    So that’s it at the deadline? The mountain hath labored, and brought forth a third-string catcher.

  4. aggiewarrior73 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I know of a rookie catcher who may be one of the best defensive catchers I’ve ever seen
    Kelly Cross

  5. albertmn - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I can’t imagine it will be much of a player, nor much cash, that will come back to the Twins in this one.

  6. concussedmorneau - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Twins trade Butera to the Dodgers. In return, the Dodgers send the Twins a six pack of Hamms and a $5 hot-n-ready.

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