Dan Butler
Dan Butler
32-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in December of 2016 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Announces retirement
CFree Agent  
November 27, 2018
Butler retired from baseball Tuesday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Butler spent 10 years in Boston's minor-league system, appearing in nine games at the major-league level, including a pair in 2018. That brief cameo earned him a World Series ring after the Red Sox were crowned champions in October. The 32-year-old will join the Diamondbacks as a bullpen catcher.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Since 2016vs Right .367 6 0 0 1 0 .200 .167 .200
2018vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Right .367 6 0 0 1 0 .200 .167 .200
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Since 2016Away .310 7 0 0 1 0 .167 .143 .167
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away .310 7 0 0 1 0 .167 .143 .167
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Dan Butler compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
28.6%
 
BABIP
.200
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.143
 
SLG
.167
 
OPS
.310
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Dan Butler
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202 days ago
Erik Siegrist looks over the chaos in the AL free-agent pool following the trade deadline, where a thin influx of talent got even thinner after Tommy Pham's injury.
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July 28, 2015
Wednesday Lineup Card: Call-Up Day, Part Deux
September 2, 2014
In a seemingly endless sea of September call-ups, the Phillies' Maikel Franco rates as one of the shining stars of the group.
Thursday Lineup Card: Wada Ya Got To Lose?
August 20, 2014
Since joining the Cubs in July, Tsuyoshi Wada (along with Kyle Hendricks) has helped the North Siders transition easily from the losses of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.
Sunday Lineup Card: A Vogt Of Confidence
August 2, 2014
Heavily-used utility player continues pace at the plate
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Butler is a career minor leaguer who got a shot at major league time when David Ross went down with an injury in August. He mainly served as a backup to Christian Vazquez and is not expected to be at the major league level when Opening Day rosters are finalized. The Red Sox will likely bring in a one-year rental, a veteran that can back up Vazquez and fill the gap until Blake Swihart is ready for his debut. That plan may even include the return of veteran David Ross, but Butler will likely work in tandem with Swihart at Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
Butler spent a full season at Triple-A Pawtucket, splitting catching duties with Ryan Lavarnway, and produced his best hitting season. The result was a career-high 14 homers, and Butler maintained the on-base ability he showed at the lower levels, though he's not considered a strong batter. At 27, he's no longer a prospect but has worked his way to become a viable major league candidate that can handle himself defensively, while contributing some usable power off the bench. Beyond 2014, the Red Sox are unsettled at the position.
Butler is considered an advanced defensive catcher, with the requisite leadership skills needed for the position. His improvement as a backstop over the last few seasons raised his profile within the organization and prompted the team to add him to the 40-man roster. Offensively, there's still some work to be done. He's expected to work in tandem with Ryan Lavarnway at Triple-A Pawtucket, but his long-term future in Boston is unclear. The organization doesn't have a certain candidate to open the 2014 at catcher, so Butler has an opportunity to advance, but his bat might be hindrance. He projects as a backup in the major leagues.
Butler was signed as undrafted free agent in 2009 and has been working his way through the lower levels of Boston's organization. He's noted as a game-caller and has all the requisite tools -- good footwork, quick reaction, handling balls in the dirt -- to be a fine defensive catcher. Offensively, he has a good approach at the plate and hit .310 between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem in 2010. The four-year collegiate is older for these levels of the minors, so he's probably not being tested by its pitching. His potential career as a major-leaguer will become clearer when he reaches the higher levels.
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Outrighted to Pawtucket
CBoston Red Sox  
August 15, 2018
Butler cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Designated for assignment
CBoston Red Sox  
August 14, 2018
Butler was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday.
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Starts Friday
CBoston Red Sox  
August 11, 2018
Butler started Friday and went 1-for-4 in a 19-12 victory over the Orioles.
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Contract purchased from minors
CBoston Red Sox  
August 3, 2018
Butler has his contract selected from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Re-signs with Red Sox
CBoston Red Sox  
January 11, 2018
Butler agreed to a deal with the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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