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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. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      From AAA journeyman to being just a passed ball to the cup away from being the everyday catcher for a contender. What a long, strange trip it's been.
      I don't think he'll be their everyday catcher.
      Per Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports:

      It would appear Butera will provide Dodgers organizational depth at catcher, perhaps be 3rd catcher in September.

      https://twitter.com/TBrownYahoo/stat...69518918660099
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Is this why Butera was held out of the lineup last night?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I'm guessing that means Pinto is spending the rest of the season in Rochester.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Brooks View Post
      I don't think he'll be their everyday catcher.
      Per Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports:

      It would appear Butera will provide Dodgers organizational depth at catcher, perhaps be 3rd catcher in September.

      https://twitter.com/TBrownYahoo/stat...69518918660099
      Just meant he could end up the number 2 catcher in that weak cast of characters, and AJ Ellis taking a bouncer in the store would mean Son of Sal could end up playing 4 times a week. No, did not mean that Butera could get hit in the junk, suddenly develop the ability to hit, and shoot to the top of the depth chart.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Too low. I think they send us Zach Lee too.
      Puig was part of the initial offer but his hot dog antics are anathema to the Twins Way.
    1. NC-Twins's Avatar
      NC-Twins -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      I am in the minority who liked Punto and Butera, I guess I am a Dodgers NL fan for now.
      I liked Punto and Redmond -- not Butera.
    1. SydneyTwinsFan's Avatar
      SydneyTwinsFan -
      I'm guessing that means Pinto is spending the rest of the season in Rochester.
      Most valuable part of the trade IMO
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Butera will be an Isotope (Alberquerque), maybe getting called with the Dodgers in September, denied arbitration and becoming a free agent in October and signing a minor league contract with the Rochester Red Wings in November.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      As far as Rochester goes, I think that Rohlfing and Pinto both might come up to join Eric Fryer, with Rohlfing in a Doumit/Herrmann type of a role. Rochester is actually having a winning season this year and they will push...
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      As far as Rochester goes, I think that Rohlfing and Pinto both might come up to join Eric Fryer, with Rohlfing in a Doumit/Herrmann type of a role. Rochester is actually having a winning season this year and they will push...
      It will be nice to see the Red Wings adding production at catcher. Not sure what the stats are for starting catchers there, but I imagine it to be pretty terrible. Pinto improves their playoff odds by a reasonable margin.
    1. Thegrin's Avatar
      Thegrin -
      :yawn:
    1. luckylager's Avatar
      luckylager -
      Good luck to Drew.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Dave St. Peter: "Terry..TERRY! TERRY, WAKE UP!!!" *shakes Terry Ryan*

      Terry Ryan: *wipes drool* "Whaa?"

      DSP: "Terry, it's a quarter to three and we still haven't made any deadline trades yet!!!"

      TR: "But..it's Tuesday, isn't it?"

      DSP: "NO! It's Wednesday the 31st!"

      TR: *now alert* "Oooooh, I did it again. Get to the phones, everyone! We have no time to haggle for a good trade! Anything, and I mean ANYTHING goes!!!!!"

      TR: "Two years of being sellers while accomplishing nothing looks bad to the fanbase! We have to create the illusion or else they'll try to screw with my nap schedule"

      DSP: "No...They wouldn't dare."

      TR: *nods with eyes bulging*

      DSP: "This is more serious than I expected! I should have nudged you earlier instead of.... never mind."

      TR: "What?"

      DSP: "It's not important. Forget it."

      *room snickers quietly*
      TR: *doesn't realize his left eyebrow is shaven*
      *silence ensues for a few minutes before the phone rings*

      TR: "2:59!!! Hello...Los Angeles?"

      LAD: "Yes, we would like to offer you.."

      TR: "Done. Now tell me what the deal was."

      LAD: "Well, it involves Drew Butera."

      *entire room let's out a huge sigh of relief*
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      So.....who's the new whipping boy? Going to be a dearth of good jokes now that "Son of Sal" has left us.

      Goodbye old friend.
    1. GCTF's Avatar
      GCTF -
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      So.....who's the new whipping boy? Going to be a dearth of good jokes now that "Son of Sal" has left us.

      Goodbye old friend.
      Based on past TD posts I'd say there will be no shortage of potential targets: Parm, Plouffe, Hammer, Dozier, Morny, Flori, Hicksie, and of course Mauer and his giant contract. At one time or another someone on here is lighting them up for something. Oh yeah, and our entire SP staff.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      Based on past TD posts I'd say there will be no shortage of potential targets: Parm, Plouffe, Hammer, Dozier, Morny, Flori, Hicksie, and of course Mauer and his giant contract. At one time or another someone on here is lighting them up for something. Oh yeah, and our entire SP staff.
      Then, of course, theres also the entire front office and coaching staff.

      So many candidates, so little time.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      You're all chuckling now but just wait until mid-August when Coletti calls up Ryan, yells "TERRY, YOU BEEN PUNK'D", hangs up, and announces that the PTBNL is Drew Butera.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
      My attempt to make a joke that the PTBNL in the Butera trade would be the Dodger's mascot was foiled when I learned that the Dodgers do not have a mascot.

      I was going to post a picture and everything...
      That's probably how it went. The deal was done before either side checked on the mascot part.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      You're all chuckling now but just wait until mid-August when Coletti calls up Ryan, yells "TERRY, YOU BEEN PUNK'D", hangs up, and announces that the PTBNL is Drew Butera.
      Thanks for stealing my joke from two hours ago you lazy bastard....
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