Reunion Time: Can Butera & Davis Recreate 2015 Magic?
Are the Rockies looking to recreate a little history? They did sign Wade Davis as a free agent in the off-season. And Friday, they acquired catcher Drew Butera and cash considerations from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto.
What's the catch? Well, Davis threw the final pitch and Butera caught that pitch in the Royals 7-2, 12-inning victory over the Mets in the world championship clinching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.
Salvador Perez, the Royals starting catcher, led off the 12th inning with a single, and Jarrod Dyson pinch-ran for him. Five runs later, when the Royals took the field in the bottom of the 12th to finish off the Mets, Butera was behind the plate, and Davis was on the mound.
Butera, 35, is the son of former big league catcher Sal Butera. He has hit .188 with 11 runs scored, nine doubles, two home runs, 18 RBI, and 13 walks in 59 games with the Royals this season. He has spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues with the Twins, the Dodgers, the Angels and the Royals. He has a career batting average of .201 with 110 runs, 53 doubles, five triples, 18 home runs, 108 RBI and 80 walks.
He was a fifth round pick of the New York Mets out of the University of Central Florida.
Vasto, 26, has made one relief appearance in his major league career. He allowed three runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout, retiring two batters for the Rockies against Arizona on June 10.
In 37 relief appearances at Triple A Albuquerque, Vasto is two and one with a 3.16 ERA. He has walked 18 batters and struck out 44 in 37 innings.
Vasto was selected by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Felician College.