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Drew Butera | Catcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 201
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Angels and C Drew Butera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract.
Butera was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll serve as Chris Iannetta's backup after being acquired from the Dodgers via trade last month. Jan 15 - 8:38 PM

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Angels acquired C Drew Butera from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Butera was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week after batting just .188/.267/.288 with three homers across 192 plate appearances this past season. The 31-year-old is a .183/.239/.268 career hitter, but he could be the primary backup in 2015 to Angels starting catcher Chris Iannetta.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Angels are close to acquiring catcher Drew Butera.

Butera was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to create a 40-man roster spot for Ryan Lavarnway. Butera batted just .188/.267/.288 with three homers in 192 plate appearances this past season for Los Angeles. He is a .183/.239/.268 career hitter.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 03:07:00 PM

Dodgers designated C Drew Butera for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-claimed Ryan Lavarnway on the 40-man roster. Butera batted just .188/.267/.288 with three homers over 192 plate appearances this past season.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 02:36:00 PM

Drew Butera went 1-for-4 with two walks and hit what proved to be the game-deciding home run in Thursday's 12-inning victory over the Twins.

Butera laced a solo home run to left field off of Brian Duensing, padding the Dodgers' lead to 4-2 in the 12th inning. It ended up being very valuable, as closer Kenley Jansen loaded the bases with no outs and allowed one run before slamming the door on the one-run victory in the bottom-half of the 12th. The homer was Butera's first in the Majors since he hit one on July 1, 2012 off of Royals pitcher Aaron Crow.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:26:00 AM

Dodgers agreed to terms with catcher Drew Butera on a one-year, $700,000 contract.

That MLB teams are absolutely petrified of being caught short in the catching department will keep Butera on a 40-man roster for another winter. It'd be an upset if he beats out Tim Federowicz for a job backing up A.J. Ellis next spring, but he does provide insurance.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Dodgers recalled C Drew Butera from Triple-A Albuquerque.

He'll serve as the club's third catcher over the final month. Butera is a career .230/.263/.494 hitter in 534 major league plate appearances.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 12:39:00 PM

Dodgers acquired C Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named later.

It was the final deal of the 2013 non-waiver trade deadline. Butera, 29, is a .230/.263/.494 career hitter in 534 major league plate appearances. He is doubtful to make any sort of major impact for the Dodgers.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Twins optioned C Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester.

Butera appeared in two games with the Twins while Joe Mauer was on paternity leave. He returns to a .215/.247/.316 batting line at the Triple-A level.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 07:17:00 PM

Twins recalled C Drew Butera from Triple-A Rochester.

Butera will provide some catching depth while Joe Mauer is away on paternity leave. The .183 career hitter is not fantasy relevant.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:52:00 AM

Drew Butera suffered a broken pinkie in his first Triple-A at-bat on Friday and is expected to miss at least four weeks.

Butera, 29, failed to make the Twins Opening Day roster and has a .183 lifetime average in the majors. When he returns, he'll be nothing more than organizational depth.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 07:11:00 PM

Drew Butera has been placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a broken left hand.

Butera failed to make the Twins' Opening Day roster, but is still valuable insurance at the Triple-A level. He should return as organizational depth when healthy.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Twins optioned C Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester.

Butera will probably be brought up and sent back down several times this season. The 29-year-old catcher hit .198/.270/.279 in 122 plate appearances last summer.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Twins avoided arbitration with C Drew Butera by agreeing to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Butera appeared in 42 games for the Twins this past season, and was arbitration-eligible as a Super Two qualifier. He's slated to begin 2013 as Joe Mauer's backup.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Twins recalled C Drew Butera from Triple-A Rochester.

His recall was expected, but most figured it would be to replace Justin Morneau (wrist). Instead Sean Burroughs has been designated for assignment. Butera's presence will allow manager Ron Gardenhire to use Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit at other positions more freely.
Tue, May 1, 2012 07:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
3Carlos Perez
4Jett Bandy
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Josh Rutledge
2Johnny Giavotella
3Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Matt Joyce
2C.J. Cron
3Efren Navarro
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
7Nick Tropeano
8Adam Wilk
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Cesar Ramos
4Mike Morin
5Fernando Salas
6Cam Bedrosian
7Cory Rasmus
8Jeremy McBryde
9Vinnie Pestano
10Matt Lindstrom
11Drew Rucinski
12Frank Herrmann
13Scott Snodgress
14Edgar Ibarra