Dodgers Acquire Drew Butera, Do Not Make Deadline More Interesting

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Though it seemed like the trade deadline passed without any excitement, it seems like we might have been a tad premature. Shortly afterwards, we learned huge, breaking, earth-shattering news: the Dodgers traded a player to be named later to Minnesota for catcher Drew Butera. The trade deadline is still boring.

So out of a sense of duty more than any particular interest, here’s what we know about Butera, the son of former big league catcher Sal Butera. He’ll be 30 on August 9, was a fifth round selection in 2005 by the Mets, and was later traded to Minnesota for Luis Castillo in 2007. Butera made his debut in 2010 and in parts of four seasons backing up Joe Mauer he’s… oh lord, that’s bad. That’s a .182/.230/.263 line in 534 plate appearances, which, as Andrew Grant notes, is good for a 36 OPS+ that is the third-worst of all time with a minimum of 500 plate appearances.

Save for a few games last week when Mauer was on paternity leave, Butera has spent all season in Triple-A Rochester, where he’s hit just .229/.258/.325. In case you haven’t quite figured it out, the man can’t hit, collecting just a .294 OBP in his minor-league career. For example, here’s what BP2013 had to say about him:

Butera might be the worst active hitter in the major leagues, but upon his 91st plate appearance of 2012, he added an honor that beats that. He has now had over 500 big-league plate appearances, and among all non-pitchers in baseball history who have reached that mark, Butera’s career 497 OPS is the 25th-lowest. That puts him at third-lowest among all players to have played a game since 1920. This is history Butera is making here! Thankfully for the Twins, Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit splitting the catching duties reduces his impact.

So yeah, hitting, not so much. As you’d expect, there’s the usual platitudes about his defense, but it doesn’t really matter. He’s not here to take Tim Federowicz‘ job, and he’s probably around just to pair with John Baker at Triple-A and make sure that Matt Wallach never comes to the big leagues. He’ll take the final open spot on the 40-man roster.

Ned Colletti, on MLB Network just now, said that you need “at least three catchers in the system you can count on, of which Butera is one,” so that probably tells you all you need to know about Baker and Wallach. He also noted that he had one other thing in the fire at the deadline that didn’t come through. I’m guessing it was slightly more entertaining than Butera.

660 comments
DodgersFan
DodgersFan

So...when are we getting Cliff Lee? August 31st?

gobaers
gobaers

Hey look, Mr. Groper (Chad Gaudin) having a decent game today.

(yes, you're right, i was just looking for an excuse to call him Mr. Groper again.)

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Trivia Time.  (Mike, you can't play, we know you know.)  Alex Rodriguez was drafted first overall by the Mariners in 1993.  The Dodgers had the #2 overall pick.  Without using Google (on your honor) who remembers who the Dodgers drafted in 1993 with the second overall pick in MLB?

juanhenry
juanhenry

When I take the clothes out of my washer it's terrible soaked. I don't know what to do. Should I put it back in there or wait awhile, then put it in the dryer?

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Catfishin Since I live in Houston and know many Astros fans, I'll just say, they deserve better than this ownership.  I've always been exclusively a Dodger fan, but it was still a lot of fun in 2005 seeing this city get so excited about that team, the WS, backing their favorites like Biggio, Oswalt, etc.  The best non-Dodger game I ever saw live was an Astros playoff game against the Braves that went extra innings.... never felt so much excitement in a ballbark as that win, it was amazing.  Now, they're a disgrace, plain and simple.  This is not the way to "rebuild," this is sleazeball ownership at its worst.

Lobo
Lobo

@Catfishin We're paying Manny, Andruw Jones, and Kuroda more than that this year, and none of them have even been on the damn team since 2011!

Tommy D
Tommy D

@Catfishin LOL, as a long time Seattle resident/adopted Mariner fan/victim of the infamous 116 season, I've learned that nothing they do (or don't do) is surprising.  I'm actually more surprised when they do something reasonable (which isn't often).

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@BlueMarvin I knew this one. Swear. 


Was this the last time we had a top two pick in the draft?

gobaers
gobaers

@juanhenry This entire thread seems like a troll post to me.  I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop...  :P

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@juanhenry Put it through the last spin cycle again. Dryers don't like dripping wet stuff.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Oddly enough, I have an autographed Dreifort baseball encased in plastic.  Probably worth nothing on eBay, worth a fortune to me for reasons that are hard to explain.

juanhenry
juanhenry

It's not. Why would I do that? I don't like asking ppl idk personal stuff. But it's an emergency.

juanhenry
juanhenry

I really don't know. But there's a switch that says drain/spin and another rinse/spin. Should I try one of those?

juanhenry
juanhenry

Please, though. It's bad. Any advice?

gobaers
gobaers

@juanhenry spin cycle again, then. Just make sure the load is symmetrically balanced, so it can spin fast.

gobaers
gobaers

@juanhenry Definitely, gotta rinse first.  If it detects there's water, it'll drain automagically.

gobaers
gobaers

@juanhenry You'll need to rinse the clothes.  Set it on a rinse cycle, and it should spin afterwards. (kid's gotta learn these things before college)

juanhenry
juanhenry

I turturnUm, I turned the washer off. Do I start ano

ther one?

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@juanhenryput it back in and let it finish the cycle. as long as you didn't overload it's fine. if you overloaded it.. um..

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@juanhenry you turned off your wash cycle mid-cycle? thats your problem, juanchito

BIah
BIah

@juanhenry The thing I'm most confused at is why you're asking us first for help on this issue.

juanhenry
juanhenry

I'm seriously not. I'm just washing my sheets bc of flees. It's a frontloader. I turned it off midcycle bc it was really wet. What do I do now? Thanks.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@juanhenry first check to see if you can tell the front from the top. if not you should seek help from a qualified adult.