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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter | #16

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (14) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Billy Butler slugged a two-run homer on Tuesday, but it wasn't enough for the A's to overcome the Brewers.
His seventh-inning blast off Brewers starter Zach Davies, finally got the A's on the board. Butler, a 30-year-old part-time designated hitter who is making $10 million each this season and next, finished the night 1-for-4 and is slashing just .241/.275/.391 with two homers and 15 RBI on the season. Jun 7 - 10:48 PM

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Billy Butler is not in Monday's lineup against the Angels.

Butler now appears likely to get most of his playing time against lefties. Chris Coghlan will serve as the DH on Monday against Nick Tropeano.
Apr 11 - 5:08 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Friday.

The A's are going with Chris Coghlan in right field and Josh Reddick in the designated hitter spot. Butler has now sat out two straight games.
Apr 8 - 5:14 PM

Billy Butler finished 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 9-1 win over the Giants.

Butler took Giants ace Madison Bumgarner out for the two-run shot, his first of spring. The designated hitter is looking to rebound this year after a down 2015 season, and he owns a .333 average with a .986 OPS in Cactus League play.
Mar 19 - 8:01 PM

Billy Butler hit a two-run single against the Brewers in Cactus League play on Saturday.

Butler also walked in the game, reaching base in both of his plate appearances. Butler fell out of favor in Oakland after batting .251/.323/.390 last season, but the A's were unable to trade him over the winter and he will enter the season as the team's primary designated hitter.
Mar 5 - 9:33 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics discussed Billy Butler in a potential trade that didn't come to fruition.

It's hard to see any club eager to deal for Butler, as he's owed $10 million each of the next two seasons, has hit only .261/.323/.385 since the beginning of 2014 and is limited to designated hitter duty. The A's would surely have to pick up a large chunk of his contract in order to move him.
Feb 12 - 4:21 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Wednesday.

It's a routine day off. The A's have Brett Lawrie in the designated hitter spot and Eric Sogard at second base.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a double and a strikeout in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Rangers.

Butler managed one of the two extra-base hits that the A's collected on the day, as Rangers starter Cole Hamels and the collective efforts of the Texas pen more or less put the Athletic offense to sleep. In his first season with the California club, the veteran DH is hitting .250/.320/.384 with 13 homers and 62 RBI. Unless he turns into the Incredible Hulk over the next week, he'll finish with back-to-back seasons of sub-.400 slugging for the first time in his career.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Billy Butler crushed a three-run home run in the ninth inning of Thursday afternoon's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

The Athletics looked dead in the water heading into the ninth, having been limited to a solitary run by White Sox starter Jose Quintana. However, after Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia reached base against closer David Robertson in the ninth, Butler stepped up and launched a big three-run homer to flip the score. The dinger was his 13th of the season. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .254/.325/.392 with the 13 homers and 62 RBI in his first season with the A's and indeed, his first season outside of a Royals uniform.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:16:00 PM

Billy Butler went 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's lopsided win over the White Sox.

Butler had three of the Athletics' 19 hits on the evening as they throttled Sox starter Jeff Samardzija and company. The three-hit game raised Butler's September average to .388 (19-for-49) as he attempts to close the year on a high note. The designated hitter is batting .254/.326/.382 with 57 RBI and 56 runs scored overall.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:54:00 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Mariners.

Butler put his team on the board when he hit a solo home run off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the seventh inning. The bomb was his 10th of the season and his first since July 19. He's hitting .249/.321/.378 with the 10 homers and 51 RBI.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 07:12:00 PM

Billy Butler hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning, helping the Athletics beat the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Butler was 0-for-3 with a walk leading up to his 10th-inning at-bat. Yimi Garcia had allowed a leadoff double to Mark Canha, and Butler followed up with one of his own to end the game. The DH had really hit the skids, batting .133 (4-for-30) in his previous nine games. Overall, Butler is batting .236/.304/.357 with nine home runs and 48 RBI in a disappointing first year in Oakland.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 01:56:00 AM

Billy Butler was absent from the Athletics' lineup for the third game in a row Tuesday.

New acquisition Danny Valencia has been in the designated hitter spot in Butler's place two out of those three games and in the cleanup spot for all three. The A's signing of Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract over the winter was a curious move at the time and it's been a flop in year one, with the 29-year-old batting just .239/.305/.365 with nine homers.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 09:40:00 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics starting lineup on Saturday.

Even against right-hander Collin McHugh, A's skipper Bob Melvin is going with Danny Valencia at designated hitter after the new acquisition homered on Friday. In the first season of a three-year, $30 million contract, Butler has hit just .239/.306/.366 with nine homers and 47 RBI.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 12:14:00 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. The A's have Ben Zobrist in the designated hitter spot while Butler rests.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 10:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jed Lowrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Khris Davis
2Mark Canha
CF1Billy Burns
2Coco Crisp
3Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Kendall Graveman
3Chris Bassitt
4Rich Hill
5Felix Doubront
6Henderson Alvarez
7Sean Manaea
8Daniel Mengden
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ryan Madson
2Sean Doolittle
3John Axford
4Liam Hendriks
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Fernando Rodriguez
7Ryan Dull
8Jarrod Parker