The Kansas City Royals have re-signed back up catcher Drew Butera to a two-year, $3.8 million deal. Butera served as the back up to All-Star catcher Salvador Perez last season.
Butera, 33, has spent the past two seasons of his career in Kansas City and is coming off his best offensive year of his career, after he hit .285 with 4 home runs and 16 runs batted in, while playing in 56 games. A career .198 hitter, Butera has long been valued for defensive reasons, but his offensive game has taken a step forward in Kansas City where he has averaged .249 in 101 games over two seasons.
Butera was drafted in the 5th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, but broke into the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins who acquired him for Luis Castillo. After four seasons in Minnesota, Butera bounced around baseball, spending two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one season with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Royals will likely experience more roster turnover this offseason, and after locking up Butera, they could turn to the starting pitching market. The Royals elected to not retain the services of Edinson Volquez, and will likely be active in searching for a cheap replacement.
For Butera, it locks up a more secure home for a man who has become a journeyman catcher. With Butera off the market, there will be more focus on catchers Jason Castro and Wilson Ramos, who lead a weak class of catchers this offseason.null