Friday, August 31, 2018
MLB trade review: Rockies acquire Butera
The Colorado Rockies have acquired C Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for LHP Jerry Vasto.
For the Rockies, Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters aren't really the best catching tandem. Butera isn't having a great season, but is a decent backup catcher. I think he can fight with Tony Wolters down the stretch for a spot on the playoff roster, assuming they get there.
Butera, 35, has a batting average of .188 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 166 Plate Appearances for the Royals this year. In his MLB career for the Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, Butera has a batting average of .201, with 18 homers and 108 RBIs in 1329 Plate Appearances.
For the Royals, with Salvador Perez as their starter and Cam Gallagher as their backup, they don't need Butera. They get a prospect for him, better than I'd expect.
Vasto, 26, let up three runs with a strikeout in .2 innings for the Rockies earlier this season, his only MLB appearance. He might be a September call-up for the Royals.