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Angels acquire Drew Butera from Dodgers

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After designating Drew Butera for assignment the Dodgers have traded the veteran catcher to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Butera is a good catch-and-throw guy with a nice reputation in the clubhouse, but he’s one of the worst hitters in modern baseball history. For his career he’s hit .183 in 251 games, posting a .508 OPS that ranks as the lowest of anyone in the past 30 years:

.508 - Drew Butera
.513 - Brandon Wood
.526 - Kevin Cash
.530 - Rafael Belliard

Earlier this offseason the Angels traded backup catcher Hank Conger to the Astros, so Butera will presumably take over for him as starter Chris Iannetta’s caddy.