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Dodgers acquire minor league catcher Drew Butera at trade deadline

July 31, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Drew Butera has a career .182 batting average.
Drew Butera has a career .182 batting average. (Associated Press )

The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins.

Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter.

Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218.

In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..

The highlight of Butera’s career was probably in 2011, when he caught Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter.

Butera is the son of Sal Butera, a journeyman catcher who played in nine major league seasons from 1980-1988.

Butera will provide the Dodgers with organizational depth at catcher. He could be called up to the major leagues when rosters expand in September.

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