Butler signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The 30-year-old also spent the 2016 season in the Red Sox organization, putting together a surprisingly solid campaign as the backup catcher for Triple-A Pawtucket. With many other options ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems like Butler is destined for an organizational depth role in 2017 as well.
Butler was assigned to minor league camp on Monday. Butler was added to the roster in January to provide organizational depth, and he'll likely spend the bulk of the year at Triple-A Pawtucket with the Red Sox seemingly set at the catcher position.
Butler signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports. With the Red Sox boasting solid depth at catcher, the 29-year-old Butler will likely spend the vast majority of his season in the minors. He posted a .227/.316/.316 slash line for Triple-A Syracuse.
The Nationals trimmed down their big-league roster on Thursday, optioning left-hander Matt Grace and catcher Dan Butler to Triple-A Syracuse and infielder Wilmer Difo to Class A Potomac, per the team's official website.
The Red Sox traded catcher Dan Butler to the Nationals for pitcher Danny Rosenbaum. Butler made his MLB debut in 2014, batting .211 with two RBI in seven games for Boston. The 28-year-old catcher has logged six years in the minors, compiling a .256/.349/.416/.765 slash line. The 27-year-old Rosenbaum has yet to make his MLB debut. He was limited to four starts at Triple-A in 2014 before he needed Tommy John surgery. He was cleared to start throwing in December, according to MASNsports.com. Rosenbaum has a 3.12 ERA over six seasons in the minors.