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Ryan Lavarnway claimed by Dodgers

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Darren McCollester/Getty Images

After being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB draft, the Ryan Lavarnway era is officially over in Boston.

After spending parts of four seasons as a member of the big league club, the catcher/first baseman was designated for assignment by the big league club and was claimed off waivers by the LA Dodgers today.

Lavarnway, 27, owns a career .249 on-base percentage in 97 MLB games with five home runs. He has had great success at lower levels in the past including in 2011 when he smacked 34 home runs split between AA, AAA and MLB.

In response, the Dodgers designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment. Butera is a 30-year-old defensive-minded catcher who owns a .239 OBP in 242 MLB games.

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