The Dodgers made two minor trades Thursday morning, none involving Matt Kemp.
They sent Matt Long to the Angels to complete the trade for catcher Drew Butera. Then they traded Long and pitcher Jarrett Martin for minor-league catcher Shawn Zarraga. None of the players involved are on the 40-man roster.
Zarraga, who turns 26 in January, was born in Aruba. He reached Triple-A in 2014, his seventh pro season, and batted .213/.304/.255 in 17 games. Zarraga has spent his entire career in the Milwaukee organization and batted .283/.376/.371.
Defensively, Zarraga was charged with two passed balls in 67 games last season and threw out 16 of 47 attempted base-stealers.
Zarraga was a 44th-round draft pick by the Brewers in the 2007 draft.
Drew Butera as he most accurately can be remembered in a Dodgers uniform, watching a game from the dugout. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers claimed Ryan Lavarnway off waivers Friday, 10 days after the Boston Red Sox designated him for assignment to make room for Hanley Ramirez.
To make room for Lavarnway on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.
Lavarnway, 27, was a solid hitter at the Triple-A level the last four seasons. He owns a career .284/.377/.448 slash line for Pawtucket of the International League. In 97 major league games, all with Boston, Lavarnway has batted .201/.249/.315 with five home runs and 34 runs batted in. Continue reading →