Cardinals pick up former Texas OF Joey Butler

Posted by Scott Wuerz on October 4, 2013 

The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired former Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Butler.

Butler was placed on waivers by the Rangers to make room for Nelson Cruz on the 40-man roster following Cruz's reinstatement from his performance-enhancing drug suspension prior to Texas' playoff loss to Tampa Bay.

A right handed hitter, Butler made his major league debut in 2013 with the Rangers at the age of 27. He hit .333 in 12 at bats with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Butler struck out six times and walked three.

Prior to his promotion, Butler had been a .291 hitter in six minor league seasons. He hit 12 home runs in 119 games and right at his career average in 2013. He hit 20 home runs in Class AAA last year. But his best minor league season came in 2011 when he hit .322 with 12 home runs.

The Cardinals designated relief pitcher Victor Marte for assignment to make room for Butler on their 40-man roster.

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