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Rockies trade Jerry Vasto to Royals for Drew Butera

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The Rockies made a minor transaction ahead of today’s deadline

The Rockies made a minor transaction ahead of the deadline on Friday. They shipped left-handed reliever Jerry Vasto to the Royals for catcher and sometimes pitcher Drew Butera. The move doesn’t affect the 40-man roster.

The 35-year-old Butera will be the fourth catcher on the 40-man roster, joining Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters, and Tom Murphy. In 166 plate appearances for the Royals in 2018, Butera has hit .188/.259/.289. Most of that has come at catcher, but he’s also played a bit of first base. Notably, Butera has also been called upon to pitch in emergency situations in four separate seasons. Earlier this year, he recorded the final out in a 15-4 loss against the Red Sox — he walked three and gave up two hits and two runs in 13 inning pitched.

Jerry Vasto, who is 26 and definitely exists, leaves the Rockies after pitching just 23 inning, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk against the Diamondbacks back in June.

Like I said, it’s a minor move. Still, it’s hard to see what Butera adds to the Rockies core of catchers, and he’s most definitely a worse pitcher than Vasto. But the guy who caught the final out of the Royals 2015 World Series championship — a pitch thrown by Wade Davis — is now a member of the Rockies.