The Dodgers have acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later.
Update (1:55 p.m.): The final deal is Butera for a player to be named later or cash. He will report to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Butera, 29, was batting .229 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 26 games for the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. He also appeared in two major-league games this season, going 0 for 3.
Butera missed two months earlier this season with a broken finger after being hit on the left hand by a Ramon Ortiz pitch in a Triple-A game. Butera played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic and hit .375 in 16 spring at-bats for the Twins. He is the son of former Twins catcher and current Toronto Blue Jays scout Sal Butera.
As one of five catchers listed on the Twins’ 40-man roster, Butera was expendable. He’ll give the Dodgers some organizational depth at the position behind A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz and John Baker, and could be in line for a call-up in September when rosters expand.
Butera gives the Dodgers 40 players on their 40-man roster.
That was the only trade the Dodgers completed before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. Teams can still trade players who pass through waivers before August 31.