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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. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by zenser View Post
      From what I have heard, Colletti called and said "We are thinking about Butera." Ryan responds "Done." Colletti says "We were thinking about..." when Ryan cut him off and said "No, he's yours, done deal. Per rules we will just say PTBNL".

      Now the big question is, what I am going to do with my 41 jersey!
      It actually went like this...

      Attachment 5050
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by zenser View Post
      Now the big question is, what I am going to do with my 41 jersey!
      Wear it to his HOF induction. He's finally going to an organization that values catcher defense
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      It actually went like this...

      Attachment 5050
      "When you get the answer you want, hang up."
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Minnesota trades Drew Butera to the Dodgers for a spot on the 40 man roster.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
      Shouldn't this thread be in the Minor League Forum?
      Ouch. This one might be too soon for the Son of Sal Fan Club members.
    1. bl's Avatar
      bl -
      My favorite part is that this was the last deal announced. Like, they were haggling over Drew freaking Butera as the clock ticked down...2:58...2:59. Meanwhile the dozen teams calling about Morneau and Perkins got a busy signal.

      (I know that's not how it actually works)
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by bl View Post
      My favorite part is that this was the last deal announced. Like, they were haggling over Drew freaking Butera as the clock ticked down...2:58...2:59. Meanwhile the dozen teams calling about Morneau and Perkins got a busy signal.

      (I know that's not how it actually works)
      Doesn't matter if it's not how it actually works, the visual is hilarious anyway! :-)
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      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...
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Whoa. The Dodgers are taking on another albatross contract. No surprise there.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I'm more curious to see the trickle-down effect this has on the organizational catchers. Jairo Rodriguez was bumped up from CR for the few days Butera wasn't at Rochester, but now that he's gone for good, they'll need to make a more significant move. Both New Britain and Fort Myers only have two catchers and now Rochester only has one (though I bet Clement could still catch in a pinch).
      Good thing the Twins drafted 3 of them in the first 10 picks this year. Almost like they could smell the Dodgers desperation and were planning to pounce all along.
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I'm more curious to see the trickle-down effect this has on the organizational catchers. Jairo Rodriguez was bumped up from CR for the few days Butera wasn't at Rochester, but now that he's gone for good, they'll need to make a more significant move. Both New Britain and Fort Myers only have two catchers and now Rochester only has one (though I bet Clement could still catch in a pinch).
      Good thing we loaded up on catchers in the Rule 4 draft.

      All part of the Master Plan
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by bl View Post
      My favorite part is that this was the last deal announced. Like, they were haggling over Drew freaking Butera as the clock ticked down...2:58...2:59. Meanwhile the dozen teams calling about Morneau and Perkins got a busy signal.

      (I know that's not how it actually works)
      Or even worse... Ryan on the phone with Butera as all the GM calls disappear from the other lines, getting Son of Sal to drop a no-trade clause that the organization kept secret out of fear of being the laughing stock of MLB...
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
      Player to be named later! I love that guy!
      He certainly is quite the journeyman.
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Or even worse... Ryan on the phone with Butera as all the GM calls disappear from the other lines, getting Son of Sal to drop a no-trade clause that the organization kept secret out of fear of being the laughing stock of MLB...
      It felt more like a "No drop from the 40-man roster" clause
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by amjgt View Post
      It felt more like a "No drop from the 40-man roster" clause
      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.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Oh happy day, happy day
      You washed my sin away
      Oh happy day, happy day
      I'll never be the same
      Forever I am changed
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      PTBNL identified:

      Attachment 5051

      In related news, I am officially old. He still looks the same and I look like him now.
    1. Mr. Brooks's Avatar
      Mr. Brooks -
      Quote Originally Posted by bl View Post
      My favorite part is that this was the last deal announced. Like, they were haggling over Drew freaking Butera as the clock ticked down...2:58...2:59. Meanwhile the dozen teams calling about Morneau and Perkins got a busy signal.

      (I know that's not how it actually works)
      More likely it was the last deal because the Dodgers had a half dozen other backup catchers they were targeting and Butera was their security blanket.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by bl View Post
      My favorite part is that this was the last deal announced. Like, they were haggling over Drew freaking Butera as the clock ticked down...2:58...2:59. Meanwhile the dozen teams calling about Morneau and Perkins got a busy signal.

      (I know that's not how it actually works)
      My guess is they were waiting to see if anybody was going to offer something for Doumit, and when that didn't pan out they allowed Butera to go.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
      Not when Kershaw is the PTBNL. Just holding off until they can find a place in our rotation for him.

      Too low. I think they send us Zach Lee too.
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