Lavarnway becomes the top challenger to another former Red Sox property, Tim Federowicz, for the role of backup to Dodgers starting catcher A.J. Ellis.
Butera appeared in 61 games with the Dodgers last year and played in 65 total games with the club after he was acquired from Minnesota at the 2013 Trade Deadline in exchange for Miguel Sulbaran. Earlier this week, he was tendered a contract by the club.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.