ANAHEIM -- The Angels were unable to slip veteran backup catcher Drew Butera through waivers, so on Thursday, they did the next best thing, flipping him to the Royals for Minor League infielder Ryan Jackson.
Jackson will report to Triple-A Salt Lake and will add middle-infield depth to an organization that has recently seen three shortstops -- Eric Stamets with Double-A Arkansas, Roberto Baldoquin with Advanced Class A Inland Empire and Jake Yacinich with Class A Burlington -- be placed on the disabled list with injuries to their non-throwing shoulders.
Butera was designated for assignment on Monday, when the Angels called up the hot-hitting Carlos Perez to share time behind the plate with Chris Iannetta.
"We knew this day would come, that eventually we'd hand the reins of that backup position to Carlos," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a phone conversation.
"Obviously our hope was that we would be able to maintain Drew in the organization, but he's been a backup catcher in the big leagues for a number of years. As soon as we designated him for assignment, it became fairly clear that he was going to get claimed on waivers, so putting together a trade made the most sense. And we brought back an asset that can really help us, either organizationally or in the big leagues."
Jackson, 26, will be out of options if he reaches the big leagues. A fifth-round Draft pick by the Cardinals out of the University of Miami in 2009, Jackson is a career .269/.340/.364 hitter in the Minors who played in 20 Major League games from 2012-13.
Dipoto called Jackson an "exceptionally good defender in the middle infield," but he has no plans to replace Major League utility man Taylor Featherston.
"We're not in a rush to make a change in the big leagues by any stretch," Dipoto said, "but that next layer of depth is very important. In this particular instance, we felt like Ryan Jackson fit for us."
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