Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Red Sox on Friday and designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

Lavarnway, 27, is a native Californian who attended Yale University and has appeared in limited duty with the Red Sox in each of the past four seasons, playing a total of 97 games with a .201 career batting average and .565 OPS. He was Boston's sixth-round Draft pick in 2008.

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.