2013 Dodgers in Review #4: C Drew Butera

90topps_drewbutera.143/.143/.143 7pa 0hr .127 wOBA -0.1 fWAR (inc.)

2013 in brief: Hey, four whole days before I regret dedicating a post to each player!

2014 status: Arbitration-eligible, possibly a non-tender candidate, but more likely someone about to get extremely familiar with New Mexico.

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You may or may not remember this, but when the July 31 trade deadline passed, it looked like Ned Colletti had finally resisted the urge to tinker, to the point where I even made a post saying nothing had happened. But minutes later, we learned that a trade had been made, and for some reason, it was adding catcher Drew Butera from Minnesota for a player to be named.

Or as I said at the time:

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.

Catching depth being what it is, Butera went off to Albuquerque and somehow couldn’t even hit there, putting up a .135/.196/.231 in 57 plate appearances, because, if you haven’t noticed yet, the man is not a professional quality hitter. But he still came up in September when rosters expanded, because every team carries three catchers, and actually managed to get a start… at first base. (He went 0-3 with two strikeouts. Obviously.)

This would all be completely not noteworthy in any way except for this: On August 13, we learned who was going back to Minnesota to complete the deal, and it was 19-year-old lefty Miguel Sulbaran. He’s not great, and he’s probably not even likely to reach the majors. But he’s more than the “bag of baseballs” we thought it would be, and to this day I still don’t understand it.

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Next! Adrian Gonzalez is not pre-2013 James Loney, and for this we are thankful!

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

Being at work today is super weird.

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

When is the Josh Beckett review? I liiterally cannot wait

More Cubans, plz
More Cubans, plz

Pulling all-nighters writing essays are almost as weak as Drew Butera.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Yasiel was having a blast at the Lakers game . Which was won by Pau Gasol hitting 2 free throws at the end

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Fuckin Pringles sad ass lakers choked up the lead

DBrim
DBrim moderator

"He had that really good game, but was otherwise terrible. Then it was revealed that he was pitching trough injury which always goes well. D."

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Better than Dwert tossing bricks LOL

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I forgot them because I have Dish LOL

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@capnsparrow It's the oddest feeling, rooting for your team to lose because it's in their best interest. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@nudibranch Exactly. And Tony Sly was the front man of No Use. Don't you go testing my Lagwagon knowledge, bro lol

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I was able to post a link!!! I just mean "even though" because Joey Cape is a punk fella and that genre usually doesn't translate too well into acoustic

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@DINGERS! As a fan, I just want to be able to believe there's a plan in place. So far it seems like there's a direction (only Nash and Sacre on the books after this season), but with this group you just never feel comfortable. 

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@DINGERS! Agreed. Nothing positive is gonna happen 'til they sort it all out at the top. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Ding Dong the witch is dead!

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Magic sold his team shares at the right time. They need a real Team President like we have with Kasten so the Buss family can stop bickering for power.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@capnsparrow @DINGERS! Yeah that Nash trade really blew up in our faces. And it was well received by most at that time, too. Not much you can do there. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Nash is almost useless unless he has a day off. Jumbo Jimbo really screwed the pooch pissing off PJ and Pissing away 1st round picks. Farmar, Kaman, and Blake would be Clippers 5 years ago.

Kobe would have to be Legendary to lift this club to even a postseason. And you KNOW Stern wont allow the Lakers to ever get a top pick.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@capnsparrow I'd be surprised to see him before Christmas. But that's just a flat out guess on my part. 

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

It isn't good Capn. But this team needs an overhaul from top to bottom and nobody can fire Jim Buss.

Without Pau and Kobe, they are a lottery team no matter the coach.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@capnsparrow @NoHitWin2008 I totally get what you're saying and why you're saying it. But basketball is different IMO. We're basically a guaranteed first round exit if we make the playoffs, whereas if we lose games and miss, we get a chance at a lotto pick. Combine that with the most cap money in all of basketball, and you've got something to work with.