Making the final move prior to this year’s non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers added some organizational depth behind the plate by picking up catcher Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins in the final moments before 4:00 PM EST. Minnesota will receive a player to be named later in the deal.
Butera’s had a disappointing season to date, missing a significant amount of time thanks to a broken finger on his left hand. He’s seen just 90 PA at Triple-A, in which he’s hit .229/.258/.325 with little power production (2 HR, 2 2B). Butera has never been much of an offensive threat, holding a career line of .182/.230/.263 in 524 PA over the past three plus seasons, but he’s been a reliable backup for the Twins behind Joe Mauer. He’s earning $700,000 this season in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Los Angeles already has A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz behind the plate and both have been steady, though not spectacular in their role. Ellis has hit .260/.344/.378 in 294 PA. Federowicz is batting just .204/.243/.347 in 103 PA. Barring an injury to one of them, don’t expect for Butera to see much playing time in Los Angeles before the season concludes.