Royals ink Butera to 2-year, $3.8 million deal

Royals ink Butera to 2-year, $3.8 million deal

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and catcher Drew Butera have agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million deal. Butera will earn $1.5 million in 2017 and $2.3 million in '18.

Butera, 33, set a career high in home runs last season with four as he backed up four-time American League Gold Glove Award winner Salvador Perez. Butera also set career highs in average (.285) and OPS (.808).

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As part of his agreement, Butera will make a donation to the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy each year he is with the club. The Royals now have 38 players on their roster.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.