2013 Dodgers review: Drew Butera

Harry How

Drew Butera played more innings at a position he had never played in the majors, first base, than he did at catcher for the 2013 Dodgers.

Drew Butera didn't catch much for the 2013 Dodgers, in fact his six full innings were the fewest caught by any NL catcher who played two or more games in 2013.

What went right

Butera singled in his third career plate appearance at Dodger Stadium on September 27.

Butera, despite having just two minor league games of experience at first base, played two games at the position, including one start, as the Dodgers played out the season.

Before the season began Butera played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic and drove in four runs in four games, including this two-run double against Canada:

What went wrong

Butera was just 1-for-7 in his brief time with the Dodgers, and was only 1-for-10 on the season including his time with the Twins.

He was also just 7-for-52 (.135) with three doubles and a triple in 16 games with Triple-A Albuquerque.

2014 status

On Friday the Dodgers announced that they had signed Butera for 2014. He has a non-guaranteed contract for $700,000 plus up to $100,000 in performance incentives. With no options remaining, the 30-year-old will head into spring training fighting for the backup catcher position.

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