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Rockies obtain catcher Butera from Royals

Jul 22, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Drew Butera (9) looks to the dugout before the start of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to add to their options at catcher, the Colorado Rockies acquired catcher Drew Butera and cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor-league pitcher Jerry Vasto.

Butera, 35, is hitting .188 with two home runs and 18 RBI. He’s made stops in Minnesota, Los Angeles (for both the Dodgers and Angels). A .201 career hitter, Butera brings very little to the table offensively, but has earned a reputation as a reliable backup catcher over the course ofd his career.

Vasto, 26, has made only one relief appearance in the major leagues – an outing with the Rockies in June, in which he surrendered three runs on three hits in only two-thirds of an inning against the Diamondbacks. Vastop has spent most of the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

The Rockies’ roster can expand on Saturday, leaving Butera as a defensive replacement behind the plate.