Butera agreed to a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Butera will make $1.3 million if he makes the major-league roster and can opt out March 21 if not. He'll be fighting Andrew Knapp for the backup job behind Jorge Alfaro. With a .201/.258/.299 career slash line, Butera is probably best suited as a third catcher.
Butera was sent from Kansas City to Colorado along with cash considerations in exchange for Jerry Vasto on Friday. Butera will see a major upgrade in his home park, but the difference between Coors Field and Kauffman Stadium won't be enough to salvage the veteran's .188/.259/.289 batting line. He's also not likely to see much more playing time. While he's no longer stuck behind a catcher who plays as often as Salvador Perez does, he now appears to be the third catcher on the Rockies' depth chart behind Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta.
Butera went 1-for-3 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Cubs. Butera opened up the scoring with a two-run, bases-loaded double in the second inning, then later plated another on a sacrifice fly. The 34-year-old has started four of the club's last five games -- two at catcher and two at first base -- but he likely won't see regular playing time down the stretch backing up one of the premiere backstops in the league in Salvador Perez.
Butera went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Rangers. Butera took advantage of a rare starting opportunity by hitting his first home run of the season in the second inning off left-hander Cole Hamels. He has shown little at the plate through 72 at-bats this season, as he entered Sunday's start with just a .278 slugging percentage.
Butera is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers, 610 Sports Radio reports. Butera had been starting semi-regularly to start the season, but he'll move back into a bench role with Salvador Perez back from the disabled list. The 34-year-old can be dropped in nearly every league now given how frequently Perez suits up behind the plate.