Royals acquire Drew Butera from Angels

Two AL teams exchanged condolences and some backup relief for their injury-thinned depth charts Thursday when the Los Angeles Angels agreed to accept Ryan Jackson from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for catcher Drew Butera.

The Kansas City Royals have announced that they have acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for infielder Ryan Jackson.

Los Angeles designated Butera for assignment Monday to make way for hot-hitting catching prospect Carlos Perez. The Royals made roster room for Butera by transferring left-handed pitcher Tim Collins, who underwent Tommy John surgery two months ago, to the 60-day DL.

The Royals, who lost their backup catcher Erik Kratz to plantar fascitis of the left foot while running out a grounder Sunday, get in Butera a 31-year-old six-year MLB veteran backup with a reputation as a solid defender (only 12 errors in 1880 innings), a strong arm (career 32% caught stealing) and no bat whatsoever (no, not even the Mendoza line, not even once).

The Angels, who have been rocked by a tsunami of left-shoulder injuries to three of their minor league shortstops in recent weeks, get in Jackson a 27-year-old minor league vagabond who has bounced between five organizations in six years with an aggregate .269 batting average and experience playing shortstop as well as second and third bases to replenish their ranks. Two cups of coffee in the bigs back in 2012 and 2013 netted him two hits and five strikeouts in 24 at-bats for a grisly .083 batting average. However, this year he's off to a hot start with 18 hits in 59 at-bats for a .305 average.


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