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.