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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dropped from the cleanup spot for the first time this season, Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday against the Astros.
The move was overdue. It's not as if Butler was having a run-of-the-mill slump with his .149 average and no extra-base hits in 47 at-bats; his swing is so messed up that he hasn't been able to hit the ball in the air at all so far this season. The Royals should keep him in the lineup, for sure, but it's much better to give Salvador Perez a crack at the cleanup spot than to let Butler continue to kill rallies while's he's struggling. Apr 17 - 11:44 PM

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Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the Athletics lost to the Royals 3-1 on Wednesday.

Butler continues to hit, raising his Cactus League average to .375 in 32 at-bats. His power numbers declined last season but it was most likely an aberration.
Mar 12 - 7:06 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored on Monday against the Mariners.

Butler has been swinging the bat well for the Royals in the Cactus League. Monday's effort boosted his spring average to .385. Last season, Butler posted a sub-.800 OPS for the first time since 2008, thanks to a noticeable loss of power, but should be able to make at least a partial recovery going forward.
Mar 10 - 7:02 PM

Billy Butler will play more first base this season.

"I want to try to give him as much opportunity to play over there as I can," manager Ned Yost said Monday in Royals camp. Butler made only seven starts at first base in 2013. He made 150 starts at designated hitter. A little more time in the field should only boost his fantasy and free agent value.
Mar 4 - 8:43 AM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on Tuesday that Billy Butler trade rumors are "just all Hot Stove rhetoric."

"It's not different than you hear other players throughout the league who are potentially going to be moved," Moore said. Butler, who is owed an $8 million salary in 2014 and and $12 million in 2015, slashed .289/.374/.412 with 15 homers and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City. The 27-year-old designated hitter smacked 29 homers in 2012. "We think Billy has been a terrific hitter, and Billy is a terrific hitter," Moore said. "And he's going to continue to hit. That's what Billy does."
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail reports that the Blue Jays have discussed a trade with the Royals involving Billy Butler.

Blair says Toronto would receive "prospects plus Butler," but the talks haven't "moved beyond the discussion stage." It's not clear what Kansas City would receive in the deal. With Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind already on the roster as first base/DH options, the Blue Jays seem likely to trade for Butler only if they can also deal Lind.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 08:22:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are among the teams with interest in Billy Butler.

It seems like the M's have been connected to every available hitter, so this may simply be a case of due diligence. ESPN's Buster Olney reported in October that the Royals are willing to trade Butler, who is owed an $8 million salary in 2014. The 27-year-old designated hitter batted .289/.374/.412 with 15 homers and 82 RBI in 162 games this past summer for Kansas City.
Source: FOX Sports
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 08:58:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Royals are ready to listen to offers for Billy Butler.

The Royals would be selling somewhat low, as Butler only hit 15 homers this season after a career-high 29 in 2012. He's best suited as a DH, so the market could be limited, but the Royals figure to get some calls. Butler is still owed $8 million next season and $12 million in 2015.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 02:54:00 PM

Billy Butler went 3-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored Friday in a win over the White Sox.

Butler had two RBI over his previous 12 games combined. He hasn't homered since August 27.
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:01:00 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Twins on Tuesday.

Butler homered in his second straight game, giving him 14 on the year. The 27-year-old is red hot over his last five games, going 10-for-21 (.476) with four multi-hit games in that span. The streak has brought his season line up to .296/.388/.438.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 12:54:00 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 and hit his 11th homer against the Marlins on Monday.

Butler has found his stroke, going 12-for-25 with two homers and four doubles in his last six games. His OPS is up to .809, the highest it's been since mid-May, and we'd expect it to keep climbing.
Mon, Aug 12, 2013 11:31:00 PM

Billy Butler will not start any of the three games during this weekend's series against the Mets.

The Royals are losing the designated hitter, and with Eric Hosmer sporting a red-hot bat, Butler will be limited to pinch-hitting duties. It will also give the DH a chance to rest his nagging neck ailment.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 09:01:00 PM

Billy Butler has been playing through neck stiffness.

Butler isn't sure how he suffered the injury. "I can't really tell you anything. It's not from anything, it's just not moving very well," Butler said. The DH added that he "couldn't quite get turned to the pitcher (Tuesday) night. It's not feeling very good." Despite not being 100 percent, Butler plans to continue playing through the ailment.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 10:36:00 PM

Billy Butler homered and doubled against the Orioles on Thursday.

Butler is 9-for-26 since the break. His homer tonight was just his third at home this season. He's hit six away from Kauffman Stadium.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Billy Butler, who opened July in a 3-for-24 slump, homered and walked Monday against the Yankees.

Butler hit .323 in June, but that came with just one homer. He's going to go on a real tear at some point and boost those power numbers. Right now, he's sitting at seven homers after finishing with 29 last year.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 11:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Justin Maxwell
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Bruce Chen
5Yordano Ventura
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Tim Collins
4Kelvin Herrera
5Aaron Crow
6Louis Coleman
7Francisley Bueno
8Michael Mariot
9Danny Duffy
10Luke Hochevar
11Justin Marks