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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 his defense than his offense. In 186 career major-league games with Minnesota, Butera batted .182 with five home runs and 41 RBI. After missing time with an injury earlier this season, he played in 26 games for Triple-A Rochester this year and batted .229.
It remains to be seen whether Butera will join the Dodgers' major league club or if he'll be assigned to the minor leagues. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told MLB Network that it's likely Butera will be the team's third catcher as a September call-up. Los Angeles, which is currently 57-48 and in first place in the National League West, already has catchers A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz on its roster.
The relative inactivity Wednesday is not entirely surprising, as the Twins had only a few players who were possibilities for trade bait. First baseman Justin Morneau's name was one mentioned in several trade rumors but he remains with the team that drafted him in 1999. Morneau is batting fourth for the Twins on Wednesday against Kansas City.
Just because a major deal wasn't made Wednesday doesn't necessarily mean Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan won't make any more trades the rest of the year. Teams can still deal players before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, but players must first pass through waivers. Players dealt after that Aug. 31 deadline may not be placed on a team's postseason roster.
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The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins.
Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter.
Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218.
I was all ready to write a lengthy post on how the Twins not making any moves was the correct move for the team to make, and then this tweet came across, shortly after the deadline expired
Dodgers acquire catcher Drew Butera from Twins.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 31, 2013
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