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Royals trade Drew Butera to Rockies

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The trading season’s backup catcher musical chairs game continues as it was just announced that the the Royals have traded Drew Butera to the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Jerry Vasto.

Butera is having a, well, Drew Butera-like season, hitting .188/.259/.289 in 166 plate appearances across 51 games, primarily as Sal Perez’s backup. In Colorado he’ll fit someplace alongside Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters. And yeah, you figure they’ll both be there. The Rockies were carrying three catchers in July and early August so with expanded rosters they’re likely to do the same with Butera in house.

Meanwhile, watch your milk cartons for Tom Murphy, once a well-thought-of prospect who the Rockies have decided to bury on the roster under subpar veterans for years and years despite, generally, hitting decently whenever he has been given the the opportunity. He was one of those three catchers earlier in the month and didn’t hit too well this year, but he still hit better than Butera. I guess you have to ask Bud Black what the deal is.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.