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Dodgers trade Butera in first deal with Angels since ’76

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By Jon Weisman

Drew Butera’s time in a Dodger uniform has officially come to a close, with the Dodgers trading him to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera was designated for assignment December 5.

This was the first Dodger-Angels trade involving a Major Leaguer since the Dodgers acquired catcher Ellie Rodriguez from the Angels for outfielder Orlando Alvarez on March 21, 1976. That year, Rodriguez batted .212 with a .400 on-base percentage in 90 plate appearances, while Alvarez went 7 for 42 for the Angels, in what would be the final MLB season for both.

No other team had gone longer without making a trade with the Dodgers. Now tops on the list are the Texas Rangers, who haven’t exchanged players with the Dodgers since Steve Allen and David Lynch (no, don’t look in IMDb for either) came over for Jim Poole on December 29, 1990.

Every other MLB team has made a trade with the Dodgers since 2004.


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  1. Jon, didn’t you have some type of article showing last trade the Dodgers have done with all MLB teams? I know the Angels were high on the list, but I thought there was another team that was longer, like the Astros, since last time a trade between the two teams had taken place.

    • Jon Weisman

      Dodgers traded John Ely to the Astros in 2012. The Rangers are now the current leaders – see update above.

  2. Marci

    Sent from my iPad


  3. We made a trade with SF >= 2004?

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