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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (29) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Billy Butler hit a two-run home run and drove in four runs in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Angels.
Butler drove in his runs with variety on Wednesday, notching an RBI grounder in the first inning, a two-run homer off Vinnie Pestano in the seventh and an RBI single in the eighth. The homer was Butler's third of the season. The longtime Royal is off to a blistering start with the A's and is currently slashing .377/.433/.590 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. Apr 23 - 2:08 AM

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Billy Butler clubbed a solo home run, providing the Athletics their only run as they were trampled by the Angels on Tuesday.

Butler took Hector Santiago out to left-center in the third inning, reducing the Athletics' deficit at the time to 4-1. With his second home run of the season, he is already 22 percent of the way towards matching last year's disappointing total of nine. The DH is batting a terrific .375/.435/.554 to begin the season.
Apr 22 - 1:29 AM

Billy Butler's only hit in four at-bats in Monday's win over the Astros was a big one, as it was a three-run home run that cleared the train tracks at Minute Maid Park.

Opposing second baseman Jose Altuve had cleared the tracks in the fourth inning, but Butler one-upped him, smoking a Scott Feldman breaking ball potentially into orbit. Though Butler had been hitting well, entering the night with a .407 average, it was his first home run of the season. He hit a career-low nine home runs last season, but the Athletics are hoping for a rebound.
Apr 13 - 11:15 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.

He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
Mar 29 - 9:38 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his second spring home run Wednesday as the Athletics downed the Indians, 3-2.

Butler's solo home run off of Danny Salazar ignited a three-run second inning for the A's. The new DH in Oakland is only batting .154 but has hit two homers in the last four days. Butler is coming off of a down season in which he went yard only nine times in 603 plate appearances.
Mar 11 - 7:29 PM

Billy Butler walked and swatted a solo home run as the Athletics suffered a loss to the White Sox on Sunday.

It's his first of the spring, and it came in the sixth inning off of Chris Beck. After hitting a career-low nine last season (min. 400 PA), the Athletics are hoping their new DH can get back into his typical 15-20 range.
Mar 8 - 8:33 PM

Billy Butler went 0-for-1 with a walk as the Athletics edged out the Angels 8-7 on Saturday.

It was an otherwise uneventful day for the DH. Butler, now on a three-year deal in Oakland, is looking to improve on last year's disappointing .702 OPS and nine home runs.
Mar 7 - 7:19 PM

Billy Butler was scratched from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants due to a stomach bug.

Hopefully he didn't have a bad country breakfast. Either way, it's not a long-term concern. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or so.
Mar 4 - 10:40 AM

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.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:05:00 PM

Robert Murray of 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.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:28:00 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.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:01:00 PM'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.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 07:32:00 PM

Jerry Crasnick of 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."
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 03:47:00 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."
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 11:50:00 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.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 01:20:00 PM

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