Los Angeles Dodgers claim Ryan Lavarnway, designate Drew Butera for assignment

Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, causing them to designate catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

Ryan Lavarnway, a 27-year-old native from Burbank, Cali., was designated for assignment last week by the Red Sox to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-signed third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Lavarnway has had much success in the minor leagues, achieving a career slash line of .283/.375/.479 since being drafted by Boston in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.

In the majors, Lavarnway hasn’t fared as well, appearing in 97 games over the past four seasons. In 301 plate appearances, he has hit .201/.249/.315, while striking out 71 times, accumulating to a 23.5% strikeout per plate appearance ratio. In those 97 games, he has only caught just 10 of 63 potential base stealers, a 16% caught stealing percentage, making him a defensive nightmare.

Drew Butera, a 31-year-old native from Evansville, Ind., hasn’t showed much promise, either from the plate over his brief five-year major-league career. In just 251 career games, Butera has managed to hit .183/.239/.268 with eight home runs and 55 runs batted in over 733 career plate appearances between the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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