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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics signed DH/1B Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.
He's expected to receive $5 million of it as a signing bonus. It's a surprise that Butler was able to get such a contract after the worst offensive year of his career, but the A's obviously think he can fill a void. Oakland did need to get better versus left-handed pitching, and as a career .314/.393/.519 hitter versus southpaws, he should definitely help them in that regard. Butler will be the team's primary DH while also handling some first base. Nov 19 - 12:05 PM

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Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports the Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirmed the terms of the contract but said it isn't quite official just yet. How Butler will be utilized is up in the air -- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes the Athletics' propensity for platoons at positions, but Butler would be an awfully expensive part-time player. After a down 2014 season it's a nice landing spot for the 28-year-old designated hitter, who can still mash left-handed pitching.
Nov 18 - 10:28 PM

Ken Rosenthal hears the Athletics are in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler.

Butler hasn't generated a ton of buzz since the Royals declined his $12.5 million option for next season, but it appears the A's are ready to change that. It's not surprising, either, that a team that puts a premium on on-base percentage and plays in a cavernous ballpark would be attracted to the 28-year-old's skillset. The deal could come together quickly.
Nov 18 - 9:01 PM

MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports that Billy Butler has received a three-year, $30 million offer from a team "widely believed to be the Orioles."

Orioles GM Dan Duquette has already denied the report, telling FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal it's "not true. Not even close." It's no surprise that the report appears to be bogus, as Butler doesn't figure to get anywhere close to $30 million. The 28-year-old stumbled to a .271/.323/.379 batting line with nine homers and 66 RBI this season for the Royals.
Source: MLB.com
Nov 11 - 7:32 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Royals will meet with the representatives for Billy Butler on Tuesday.

The Royals recently paid $1 million to buy out Butler's $12.5 million option for 2015, but they remain interested in bringing him back. However, after batting just .271/.323/.379 with nine homers and 66 RBI this season, it will have to happen at a more reasonable salary. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star recently wrote that the Royals "may be comfortable with a two-year contract worth around $12-16 million."
Nov 11 - 3:47 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Saturday that the team is "going to stay engaged" in contract talks with free agent Billy Butler.

The Royals declined Butler's $12.5 million option for 2015, but they're not ruling out bringing him back at a lesser salary. "We’re going to stay engaged," Moore said. "We’ve got to look for the opportunity to bring Billy back as part of our team. But not at one year, $12 million, obviously. Like any negotiations, there’s going to be ups and downs and twists and turns." Butler is coming off a disappointing season in which he hit just .271/.323/.379 with nine homers and 66 RBI. However, there will be a decent number of designated hitters on the market this winter, which could drive Butler's price down and force him back to Kansas City. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star hears that the Royals "may be comfortable with a two-year contract worth around $12-16 million."
Nov 2 - 11:50 AM

Royals declined 1B/DH Billy Butler's $12.5 million option for 2015.

They'll instead pay the 28-year-old a $1 million buyout, ending his tenure with the Royals after eight seasons. He's coming off a disappointing 2014 season in which he hit just .271/.323/.379 with nine homers and 66 RBI, but should generate a considerable amount of interest on the open market.
Nov 1 - 1:20 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals are expected to decline Billy Butler's $12 million club option for the 2015 season.

Butler had a disappointing .271/.323/.379 slash line with just nine home runs and 66 RBI in 151 games during the 2014 regular season and then batted .262/.327/.333 in the playoffs. The 28-year-old designated hitter has put up some tremendous numbers in the past and should do pretty well for himself on the open market, but the cost-conscious Royals obviously feel this downward trend is real.
Oct 30 - 11:28 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots.
Oct 22 - 11:37 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost is sticking to what works, rolling out the same lineup he has for each of the previous five playoff games for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

There's no reason to change anything about what has worked so well for the Royals. Once again, they'll line up as follows: Alcides Escobar SS, Norichika Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Billy Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Omar Infante 2B, Mike Moustakas 3B with Yordano Ventura taking the hill.
Oct 11 - 2:41 PM

Billy Butler is in the designated hitter spot and batting fifth for Game 1 of the ALCS.

Royals manager Ned Yost is using the same lineup he's used for the previous four playoff games. Joining Butler in the lineup is Alcides Escobar, Nori Aoki, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Omar Infante and Mike Moustakas. They'll face off against the Orioles' Chris Tillman.
Oct 10 - 3:58 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-2 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

The Royals already had a spot in the Wild Card locked up and when the Tigers finished off the Twins, manager Ned Yost replaced most of his starters, Butler included. He ended the year on the upswing, recording multiple hits in five of his last eight games. It brought Butler's line up to .271/.323/.379 with 66 RBI in what was a down year for the 28-year-old.
Sep 28 - 8:05 PM

Billy Butler had two hits and three RBI in a losing cause against the Indians on Wednesday.

Manager Ned Yost said Butler would be in the lineup all week, and he's made good so far, with Butler going 5-for-12 with four RBI in the series against the Indians. Butler still hasn't homered in a month, but the Royals will take the singles and doubles.
Sep 24 - 10:49 PM

Billy Butler finished 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored as the Royals easily won against the Indians on Tuesday.

Butler extended the Royals' lead to 3-0, driving in the first of three fifth-inning runs with an RBI ground-rule double in the fifth. It was easily Butler's most productive game in about three weeks. The Royals would love to get Butler going in the final week, as he's sitting on a season-wide .267/.320/.375 slash line with nine home runs and 61 RBI.
Sep 23 - 10:55 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

Butler got the scoring started with an RBI single in the first inning, one of nine hits the Royals got off Tigers starter Rick Porcello. The multi-hit game was his first in the month of September as he's become a part-time player down the stretch. Butler is hitting a disappointing .266/.318/.373 with a week left to play.
Sep 21 - 6:44 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Geovany Soto
1B1Brandon Moss
2Stephen Vogt
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Eric Sogard
3Nick Punto
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Andy Parrino
3Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Renato Nunez
3Alden Carrithers
LF1Sam Fuld
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
2Andrew Brown
DH1Billy Butler
2John Jaso
3Kyle Blanks
4Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Sonny Gray
3Jeff Samardzija
4Scott Kazmir
5Jason Hammel
6A.J. Griffin
7Jarrod Parker
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Fernando Abad
6Dan Otero
7Jesse Chavez
8Evan Scribner
9Fernando Rodriguez
10Drew Pomeranz
11Jorge De Leon
12Taylor Thompson
13Pat Venditte