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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Dodgers acquire Drew Butera

By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers had their quietest trade deadline in four years.

They made a last-minute deal to acquire catcher Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, and immediately optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque. He’s unlikely to have an impact at Dodger Stadium until Sept. 1, at the earliest.

Last year, the Dodgers landed Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 31. Previous deadline acquisitions include Tim Federowicz and Alex Castellanos in 2011 and Ted Lilly and Octavio Dotel in 2010.

Federowicz will remain the backup to A.J. Ellis, but Butera could be the team’s third catcher after rosters expand in the season’s final month.

The Dodgers, of course, haven’t shown too many glaring needs while rattling off 27 wins in their last 33 games. Meanwhile, general manager Ned Colletti thinks he addressed what remained of the team's needs with the July 6 trade for starter Ricky Nolasco and Tuesday’s signing of former All-Star closer Brian Wilson, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.

Butera, who turns 30 on Aug. 9, has a .182 career batting average with five home runs and 41 RBIs in 186 major league games. He is a .217 minor league hitter. He is the son of former major league catcher Sal Butera.

The Dodgers might not be done dealing. Last season, they acquired Joe Blanton from the Phillies in August and later swung a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox that brought in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto.

Players acquired after the deadline must first clear waivers, meaning those who get through typically are carrying hefty contracts.