After the Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval, a roster move had to be made in order to make room for the Panda on the 40 man roster. It happened to be young catcher Ryan Lavarnway being designated for assignment. Teams have the option to claim players off of waivers, and a team took the option to claim Lavarneay as one of their own.
The Dodgers today claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the @RedSox and designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 5, 2014
Lavarnway made his major league debut on August 18th, 2011 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, being called up to fill the roster spot of an injured Kevin Youkillis. He floated back and forth between the Boston Red Sox and AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, ending up on the DL midway through last season after breaking the hamate bone in his wrist. He played a total of 97 games in Boston, totaling a .206 batting average, five home runs and 34 RBI.