The Colorado Rockies acquired Drew Butera from the Kansas City Royals on Friday, giving Colorado a veteran backup catcher as they try to chase down the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
The Royals received minor league left-hander Jerry Vasto.
Butera was in his fourth season with the Royals, where he served as the backup to six-time All-Star Salvador Perez. He was hitting just .188 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 52 games, but will be remembered by Kansas City fans for catching the final out of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship.
Colorado began the day 1 1/2 games behind the Diamondbacks in the division race.
The 26-year-old Vasto has spent most of this season at Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-1 with a 3.16 ERA in 37 relief appearances. He made his big league debut on June 10 in a game against Arizona. He was optioned to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals called up catcher Cam Gallagher to take Butera’s spot on the roster and activated outfielder Brian Goodwin of the disabled list to replace Lucas Duda, who was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.