The Los Angeles Angels acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, bringing some veteran depth to the team’s injured catching corps.
Kurt Suzuki is the team’s starting catcher entering the weekend, with regular No. 1 Max Stassi just placed on the seven-day injured list.
In a corresponding move, the Angels designated catcher Jack Kruger for assignment.
Butera, 37, played 10 games with the Angels in 2015 following a trade with the Dodgers. In May that year, he was dealt to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Ryan Jackson.
Butera, a fifth-round pick of the New York Mets in 2005, has caught two no-hitters – Francisco Liriano’s in 2011 and Josh Beckett’s in 2014 — and was behind the plate for the final out of the Royals’ 2015 World Series title.
Butera has not appeared in a game this season. He slashed .154/.190/.205 in 43 plate appearances with the Colorado Rockies in 2020.
In 541 career games, Butera owns a .198 average with 58 doubles, 19 home runs and 118 RBIs.
–Field Level Media