Dan Butler

Dan Butler has found new home, landing with Nationals

Rob Bradford
January 14, 2015 - 4:07 am

Dan Butler -- who was recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox in order to make room for Craig Breslow on the 40-man roster -- has been traded to the Washington Nationals. In return for the 28-year-old catcher, the Red Sox will receive 27-year-old pitcher Daniel Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum does not need to be placed on 40-man roster, although the former Xavier University product is scheduled to become a minor league free agent at the end of the 2015 season. Rosenbaum has served as starter in the minors for the Nationals, going 8-10 with a 3.94 ERA in 26 starts for Double-A Harrisburg in 2012 before totaling a 3.87 ERA in 28 Triple-A starts in '13. He made just four starts for Triple-A Syracuse in 2014, having to shut down his season due to Tommy John surgery.

For Butler, its a fresh start, although the Nationals already have four catchers on their 40-man roster, with Wilson Ramos and Jose Lobaton at the top of the depth chart. Butler recently talked to WEEI.com about the opportunity that could spawn off of the Red Sox decision to DFA the backstop. (Click here for Butler's comments.)