The phones were quiet all Wednesday morning, until Ned Colletti drunk dialed the Minnesota Twins to get his July 31st fix. Ned Colletti traded a player to be named later, probably not named Yasiel Puig, to the Minnesota Twins for Drew Butera.
Who is Drew Butera? And why did Ned Colletti trade for Butera? He answered that very question on MLB Network minutes after the trade deadline ended.
You always need at least 3 catchers on your team you can count on to catch in the big leagues.
Colletti unsurprisingly said that the Dodgers will be bringing up another catcher in September, and that will almost certainly be the newly acquired Drew Butera.
Butera is from Evansville, Illinois–a place the authority on everything, Wikipedia, names a journeyman right-handed knuckleballer Roger Wolff as it’s famous son.
He was drafted by the Mets out of the University of Central Florida, but was moved to Minnesota at the 2007 trade deadline for 2nd baseman Luis Castillo.
The most notable accomplishment from Butera’s more than 4 year stint with the Twins organization is he caught Francisco Liriano’s no hitter in 2011. This summer he played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic as well.
The Dodgers catchers have been one of the most consistent, bright points of the Dodgers season. AJ Ellis has caught almost half of the runners stealing this season, and has provided consistent, quality at bats in the middle of the lineup all year. And Tim Federowicz has provided good defense and offensive power despite a low average when he is in the lineup.
Butera is a solid catcher, if nothing to write home about. But at least Ned Colletti can now keep his streak of eight consecutive deadlines with a deal, no matter how quiet and minor this deadline was.