Butera, 31, was designated for assignment after the Dodgers claimed catcher
Known more for his strong arm — he has pitched 1 2/3 big league innings, his fastball touching 94 mph — than his bat, Butera hit .188 (32 for 170) with three homers and 14 RBIs in 61 games for the Dodgers this past season.
He allowed nine passed balls and 16 wild pitches in 445 innings behind the plate but threw out 11 of 34 would-be base stealers (32.4%)
“He can really catch, he can really throw, and he calls a good game,” General Manager
"He has a tremendous defensive reputation that certainly outdistances his offensive reputation, but we feel like he's a nice fit for us, to back up Chris Iannetta with Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy. That combination of four gives us as much catching depth as we've had since I've been here."
Butera, a fifth-round pick of the
Butera has been behind the plate for two no-hitters during his five-year career, thrown by
In 251 career big-league games, Butera has hit .183 with eight homers and 55 RBIs.