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  • Drew Butera Traded to the Dodgers

    Several minutes after the 3:00 central time trade deadline, reports trickled in that the Minnesota Twins had traded catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The reports indicate that the Twins will receive the ever-popular Player to be Named Later.

    As of now, that will mean the Twins have opened up a spot on their 40 man roster. The Twins were unable to complete any other trades before the July 31 deadline passed. I have a feeling that the Twins will be more busy in August.

    In the coming days, and throughout August, the Twins and other teams will place many (most?) of their players on waivers. Players who pass through waivers can still be traded.


    Back to Butera-- although he proved he can't hit enough to be a starting catcher, his defense was terrific. He'll likely fill a similar role with the talented Dodgers team.
    This article was originally published in blog: Drew Butera Traded to the Dodgers started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 88 Comments
    1. deanlambrecht's Avatar
      deanlambrecht -
      Quote Originally Posted by winston smith View Post
      not when kershaw is the ptbnl. Just holding off until they can find a place in our rotation for him.
      rofl!!!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.com/content.php?r=...to-the-Dodgers
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      go Dodgers....at least their new ownership is willing to spend money & lots of it
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      I have no idea why they kept him this year. Their value of defense at catcher was made clear with their signing and extending of Doumit.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Were you under the impression the Twins were retaining him for his bat? NL teams and fans are used to watching pitchers bat, so Butera will be a better fit there.
      Not to mention their current backup catcher currently has a Butera-esque OPS of .590. I guess it's fair to say that if baseball was only played with catchers, the Twins would be better than the Dodgers.
    1. LastOnePicked's Avatar
      LastOnePicked -
      Kid'll probably hit .350 down the stretch for 'em, with 3 dingers. That's just how things are going this year for ex-Twins.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I honestly kind of liked Drew Butera. He was a good guy and an easy target to make jokes about.
    1. BSP's Avatar
      BSP -
      I think the most important question is...will Butera out hit the Dodgers pitchers?

      This is a fairly serious question.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      As long as the PTBNL is not Andre Ethier, I say good luck Drew, have a good career.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      By 'usual suspects' you mean who exactly?
      Posters to be named later
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Player to be named later! I love that guy!
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      Shouldn't this thread be in the Minor League Forum?
    1. SydneyTwinsFan's Avatar
      SydneyTwinsFan -
      Drew might see better pitches batting 9th behind those NL pitchers
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dance with Disco Dan View Post
      As long as the PTBNL is not Andre Ethier, I say good luck Drew, have a good career.
      He's way too expensive....talk about a seriously over-priced player.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dance with Disco Dan View Post
      As long as the PTBNL is not Andre Ethier, I say good luck Drew, have a good career.
      Or Kemp. All stocked up on center fielders...
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      PTBNL or CASH.
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      He's way too expensive....talk about a seriously over-priced player.
      Right. That was my tongue-in-cheek point. Dodgers are stuck in a bad way with that mope and his huge contract. God forbid, TR got talked into taking on Ethier. Yikes. Send back Gardy's cuddle-buddy Punto or their best Dodger Dog vendor. Whatever.
    1. zenser's Avatar
      zenser -
      From what I have heard, Colletti called and said "We are thinking about Butera." Ryan responds "Done." Colletti says "We were thinking about..." when Ryan cut him off and said "No, he's yours, done deal. Per rules we will just say PTBNL".

      Now the big question is, what I am going to do with my 41 jersey!
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dance with Disco Dan View Post
      Right. That was my tongue-in-cheek point. Dodgers are stuck in a bad way with that mope and his huge contract. God forbid, TR got talked into taking on Ethier. Yikes. Send back Gardy's cuddle-buddy Punto or their best Dodger Dog vendor. Whatever.
      I figured after I wrote the post...this turned into quite the joking thread. Probably be the best thread of the year.

      Dodgers could probably afford to have double their payroll and not even sweat it...
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I'm more curious to see the trickle-down effect this has on the organizational catchers. Jairo Rodriguez was bumped up from CR for the few days Butera wasn't at Rochester, but now that he's gone for good, they'll need to make a more significant move. Both New Britain and Fort Myers only have two catchers and now Rochester only has one (though I bet Clement could still catch in a pinch).
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