|Jan. 18 3:18 PM PT4:18 PM MT5:18 PM CT6:18 PM ET18:18 ET23:18 GMT7:18 CST4:18 PM MST6:18 PM EST6:48 PM VEN3:18 UAE (+1)5:18 PM CT-The Minnesota Twins have agreed to a one-year contract with Butera.
Analysis: Butera and the Twins agreed on a $700,000 deal. Butera earned a spot on his team strictly for his defense and his work with the pitching staff. He hit .198 with one home run in 42 games last season.
|May 18 3:54 PM PT4:54 PM MT5:54 PM CT6:54 PM ET18:54 ET22:54 GMT6:54 CST3:54 PM MST5:54 PM EST6:24 PM VEN2:54 UAE (+1)5:54 PM CT-Butera had three hits Thursday in a 4-3 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Butera's batting average jumped from .250 to .350.
|May 1 11:05 AM PT12:05 PM MT1:05 PM CT2:05 PM ET14:05 ET18:05 GMT2:05 CST11:05 AM MST1:05 PM EST1:35 PM VEN22:05 UAE1:05 PM CT-The Twins are recalling Butera from the minors to add some depth behind banged-up Joe Mauer.
Analysis: Mauer was injured while catching on Sunday when he took a foul ball off his left knee. He did not play in the opener against the Angels on Monday night and is considered day-to-day. Butera was an offensive liability last season. But he is hitting .279 with one home run and 5 RBIs in 15 games for Triple-A Rochester this season.
|Mar. 31 11:12 AM PT12:12 PM MT1:12 PM CT2:12 PM ET14:12 ET18:12 GMT2:12 CST11:12 AM MST1:12 PM EST1:42 PM VEN22:12 UAE1:12 PM CT-The Minnesota Twins have optioned Butera to Triple-A Rochester, ensuring that they will carry two catchers on the roster to start the season.
Analysis: The Twins announced the move on Saturday. There was some talk in spring training about the Twins carrying three catchers to try reducing the workload on Joe Mauer as he comes back from an injury-plagued season. But Mauer has shown no signs of troubles this spring and has been able to do everything asked of him. And the Twins added Ryan Doumit in the offseason to bring more offensive punch.