MLB trade deadline: Dodgers acquire Drew Butera from Twins

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The deal marks the eighth consecutive year that general manager Ned Coletti has made at least one trade on July 31. Butera was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and the Dodgers were thought to be quiet on Wednesday. They already made their move on July 6 with the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins, and nothing else major materialized. But they did acquire backup catcher Drew Butera from the Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Butera, who turns 30 on Aug. 9, is a career .182/.230/.263 hitter in the majors and .217/.294/.320 in 485 minor league games. It is unlikely this is more than simply adding catching depth to the system. The Dodgers optioned Butera to Triple-A Albuquerque.

He'll battle with John Baker to see who is the third catcher up in September. "He's a strong candidate, if not the candidate, for that role," Colletti said on MLB Network.

Butera is currently with Triple-A Rochester. He played with Nick Punto on Team Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic during spring training. Adding Butera fills the Dodgers' 40-man roster.

But even with the July 31 deadline done, that doesn't mean the Dodgers are done dealing. As we saw last year with the pickup of Joe Blanton and the blockbuster, nine-player Nick Punto trade, deals can and will be made in August, with players passing through waivers.

Here are Coletti's July 31 trades as Dodgers GM:

Of course at 57-48, the Dodgers are tied with 2007 for their second best record through July 30 in Colletti's tenure. Only the 2009 squad, at 63-39, was better.

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