The Royals modified their catching situation for the next two weeks by acquiring Angels backstop Drew Butera in exchange for minor-league infielder Ryan Jackson. Butera is expected to join the Royals on Friday in Detroit. The team has not made a corresponding roster move, but catcher Francisco Pena is likely to be optioned to Class AAA Omaha.
The Royals activated Pena on Wednesday after backup catcher Erik Kratz injured his left foot. Kratz will be on the disabled list for two weeks, at least, with a case of plantar fasciitis. General manager Dayton Moore indicated the club still views Kratz as Salvador Perez’s primary backup.
“We’re just trying to get through this period of time,” Moore said. “We’ll see what happens from there.”
Los Angeles designated Butera for assignment earlier this week. He hit .190 for the Angles and carries a .504 on-base plus slugging percentage since debuting for Minnesota in 2010. Moore praised Butera’s abilities behind the plate.
“He’s always had a great reputation for being a defensive catcher,” Moore said. “He can really catch and throw.”
The Royals have been trawling the market for upgrades in the past two weeks. The club expressed interest in Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Miami designated him for assignment last week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Saltalamacchia signed a minor-league deal with Arizona on Thursday.