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Royals re-sign Drew Butera to 2-year, $3.8 million deal

The catcher heads back to Kansas City after drawing strong interest elsewhere.

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The Royals have re-signed catcher Drew Butera to a 2-year contract, according to a club announcement. Butera will receive $3.8 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.

Butera will receive $1.5 million in 2017 and $2.3 million in 2018, according to a source. He received strong interest from the Astros (before the club acquired Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees) and Blue Jays before deciding to re-up with Kansas City.

Butera, 33, hit .285/.328/.480 with four homers in 56 games last season, his second with the Royals. He is a career .198/.253/.295 hitter with 13 homers in parts of seven major-league seasons with the Twins (2010-13), Dodgers (2013-14), Angels (2015) and Royals (2015-16).

Butera will provide a depth option behind Salvador Perez for Kansas City. The club also has Tony Cruz available as a backup catcher, though his spot on the roster is not guaranteed.