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The Dodgers have acquired a valuable playoff piece for a player to be named later (or cash) at the end of the trade deadline, 29-year-old veteran catcher Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Your move, rest of the MLB. Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 31, 2013 Twins receive ptbnl for butera. Seems reasonable. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2013 Butera has a career .182/.230/.263/.494 slash line, which is good for a 36 OPS+. Good news though, his minor-league slash is .217/.294/.320/.615, so there’s upside there. He has thrown out 33% of baserunners in his majors career, and 42% in the minors. The player to be named later probably won’t be anything noteworthy, so this is just a trade for depth, in all seriousness.

Twins trade catcher Drew Butera to Dodgers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just when it seemed as if Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline came and went quietly in Minnesota, the Twins snuck in a last-minute trade. They sent catcher Drew Butera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash. Butera appeared in just two games with the Twins this year as a backup catcher, and has always been known more for...

The Fab Five: MLB Power Rankings, Dodgers ranked No. 2

Welcome to the 10th edition of the “Fab Five: MLB Power Rankings”, and our first top five of the second half. On the eve of the July 31st trade deadline, numerous ballclubs with playoff aspirations are spending their day on the phones, scrambling in order to acquire everything from quality starting pitchers to power hitters, in hopes of adding that one key player that can complete...

Brian Wilson's Dodgers legends Photoshop

The Beard with Dodgers greats as kids

Dodgers Trade Deadline Countdown: The Next 24 Hours

With the non-waiver trade deadline about 27 hours away, here’s a quick rundown of all the Dodgers latest rumors. Jayson Stark: The Dodgers and Angels, who haven’t made a trade in 20 years, had a “mostly casual conversation” regarding Halos second baseman Howie Kendrick.  There are no indications a deal is in the works. This could be an interesting addition to the Dodgers...

Joe Mauer calls fatherhood 'unbelievable experience'

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was no hiding the excitement in Joe Mauer's voice Tuesday as he talked about his new twin girls, Emily and Maren. The Minnesota Twins catcher was back at work after spending time with his daughters and his wife, Maddie. No doubt, Mauer is one proud papa. "It's just an unbelievable experience," Mauer said before Tuesday's game against Kansas...

Mattingly commits to Lamar University

A son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is going to play college basketball for Bob Knight's son. Preston Mattingly has committed to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where Pat Knight coaches the team. Mattingly, who turns 26 next month, spent six seasons in baseball's minor leagues, but never advanced past Class A. He played basketball at Evansville (Ind...

Caption the Photo: Russell Westbrook and Yasiel Puig at Dodgers Game

Russell Westbrook wearing the David Banner shorts after he has been the Hulk for 12 hours. Gamers, @HanleyRamirez, @russwest44 and @YasielPuig: — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 31, 2013

Twins Thursday: Scott Diamond demoted after clunker

MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Diamond was afraid this fate might be coming his way. And after yet another rough outing, Diamond's fear came true. Following Thursday's 7-2 loss to Kansas City, Diamond and outfielder Aaron Hicks were optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and will make another corresponding roster move by Saturday. Diamond, who...

Brian Wilson activated by Dodgers

Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson was activated Monday from the disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers after being sidelined since April 2012 because of an elbow injury. Wilson, mounting a comeback from Tommy John surgery, was available for the start of the Dodgers' series at Miami. Outfielder Scott Van Slyke was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers' bullpen...

Mauer back after birth of twin girls

Joe Mauer is back in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins after missing six games to welcome his twin girls into the world. Slugger Josh Willingham may not be all the far behind him. Mauer was hitting third and playing catcher in the series opener against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Mauer left the team on the West Coast to rush home to be with wife Maddie, who gave birth...

Dodgers Stand Pat At The Deadline (With One Minor Move for AAA Catcher Drew Burtura)

The Dodgers’ only significant move of the trade season was the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins on July 6th. The team made no major deals leading up to the deadline. (Image source: Los Angeles Times at In what turned out to be a relatively quiet trading period, the Dodgers opted not...

Puig, Dodgers Stay Red-Hot

The Dodgers have had the best record in baseball since Yasiel Puig's debut. With a young exciting lineup, great pitching, and solid play in the field the Dodgers look poised to make a big run in October.

Dodgers’ Take A Chance By Signing Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Dodgers are riding high with them in first place in the National League West division. They struggled for the first couple of months of the baseball season with injuries, and once they got healthy, the team played better. They were already active during the Trade Deadline by acquiring Miami Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco, and they signed former Chicago Cubs closer...

Clayton Kershaw Bemoans Pluto No Longer Being a Planet After Great Uncle Discovered It (Video)

Add this one to the trove of random baseball facts — albeit those that intersect with astronomy. Clayton Kershaw was on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night, but the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher wasn’t talking about the snubs that most fans would have been expecting to hear about, such as Kershaw not starting the All-Star Game. Instead, he had thoughts on a family snub of planet...

Los Angeles Dodgers sign Brian Wilson

The Beard is healthy, and he's made a decision on where to pitch this season. Free agent right-hander Brian Wilson chose the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier today, and he'll start in the minors after inking his new deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. While he'll start in the minors, Wilson has a guaranteed major-league pact with the Dodgers, according to Jerry...
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