Dan Butler

Dan Butler looking at bright side of being designated for assignment

Rob Bradford
January 08, 2015 - 6:57 am
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Dan Butler will always have a soft spot for the Red Sox. This was the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona, and then gave him his big break to play in the majors in 2014. And now, it's the Red Sox who are potentially allowing Butler to take a step he might not have gotten if the Sox were still signing his paychecks. The catcher was designated for assignment by the Red Sox Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-signed pitcher Craig Breslow. What that means is that the Red Sox have 10 days to attempt to trade Butler, or put him on waivers for the rest of the major leagues to have a crack at the 28-year-old. If there is no trade made or he clears waivers, Butler could be reassigned to the Red Sox minor leagues. What that it means for Butler is potentially the kind of shot at the big leagues he has never possessed. Even if the Red Sox kept him on the 40-man, there were going to be two catchers -- Ryan Hanigan and Christian Vazquez -- ahead of him heading into Opening Day. With another team, there might be a clearer path. "It just creates and opportunity and gives me a chance to see if any other teams are interested and kind of see what happens," Butler said by phone from Arizona. "If nothing happens, the worst-case scenario is you'€™re back with the Red Sox in the minor league system, and that'€™s worked out with me pretty well so far. "I feel like there are probably teams interested. There'€™s not a lot of catchers out there. You always hear people are looking for catchers. I'€™m assuming that'€™s why they were hesitant to do this. It might create a different type of possibility for me to maybe continue on with another team. But, again, worst-case scenario you'€™re back with the Red Sox, and that'€™s not a bad thing." In Butler's mind, the chance to get a clearer road to the majors comes at a perfect time. Having gotten his first taste of big league baseball under his belt via seven games with the Red Sox (going 4-for-19 with a walk and three doubles), the backstop is ready to make the majors a regular thing. "It doesn'€™t matter who you'€™re playing for, along as you get the opportunity to play in the big leagues," he said. "It creates a huge opportunity for me to go to a team, whether they traded for me or if I went through the waiver process. That means that team wants you, so that'€™s always a good feeling, too. That means you have the chance to make the club and maybe start a new journey to make a run at staying in the big leagues. It might mean making a career in the majors instead of floating around in the minors. "You never know how you'€™re going to act, or how you'€™re going to do until you'€™re presented that opportunity. I definitely have always thought I could play in the big leagues and that kind of solidified that by getting up there. I know that I have more than the capabilities to play in the major leagues."

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