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Dodgers claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway from Red Sox, designate Drew Butera for assignment

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By Jon Weisman

Ryan Lavarnway, a 27-year-old catcher who spent most of last season with Boston’s Triple-A team in Pawtucket, has been claimed on waivers by the Dodgers, who have designated Drew Butera for assignment.

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Lavarnway, who went to El Camino Real HS in Woodland Hills and then Yale, had a .389 on-base percentage and .370 slugging percentage in 62 games with Pawtucket in 2014, while battling a strained left wrist. His best minor league season was 2011, when he hit 32 homers, and he has a career .283/.375/.479 line in the minors.

In the Majors, Lavarnway is a lifetime .201/.249/.315 hitter in 301 plate appearances, after going 0 for 10 with Boston in 2014. In 2013 with the Sox, he had a .758 OPS in 82 plate appearances.

The 31-year-old Butera, whom the Dodgers acquired on July 31, 2013 in exchange for minor leaguer Miguel Sulbaran, had a .267 OBP and .288 slugging with the Dodgers in 2014 and .263/.282 in his 65-game Dodger career. He also somewhat famously pitched in two games for the Dodgers in May.

Lavarnway at one point was a minor-league teammate of Tim Federowicz, before Federowicz came to Los Angeles, two years to the day before Butera. Federowicz remains on the 40-man roster.


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  1. Had a feeling Butera’s days as a Dodger weredone, surprised they tendered him a contract last week.

  2. oldbrooklynfan

    So far another move that creates very little meaning to me.

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