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Billy Butler | Designated Hitter | #36

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (14) / KC

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Billy Butler is someone the Rays are considering.
Topkin also says the club could "possibly" consider Matt Wieters, although that seems highly unlikely after they inked Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract. Butler would give the Rays an option at designated hitter and possibly occasionally at first base against left-handed pitching, although his success against southpaws has waned the last two seasons. He'll turn 31 in April and surely can be had cheaply after batting just .266/.325/.390 over the last three campaigns. Fri, Jan 27, 2017 09:36:00 AM

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Billy Butler went 0-for-2 with a walk Friday against the Blue Jays.

Tyler Austin replaced him as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. The Yankees signed Butler in order to give him some at-bats against left-handed starters as they tried to hang in the Wild Card race, but now that they are fading, it’s probably time to commit to Austin as they look toward 2017.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:37:00 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 in a loss to the Rays on Thursday.

Butler served as the designated hitter and batted cleanup in the game, knocking a pair of singles. He's now hit in each of his six games as a member of the Yankees, going 8-for-18 with a homer and four RBI since signing with the New York club earlier this month. He's hitting .289/.340/.427 overall and at 30 years old, it will be interesting to see if anyone is willing to give him more than a one-year, incentive-laden deal this winter.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:24:00 PM

Billy Butler slugged a pinch-hit two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Red Sox.

Billy Butler, True Yankee? "Country Breakfast" has now knocked in four runs in his first two games with the Yankees. He had just three RBI for all of August when he was with the Athletics. The 30-year-old is expected to see at-bats out of the DH spot against left-handers down the stretch, but we’re not expecting mixed league-relevancy here.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:33:00 PM

Billy Butler is starting at DH and batting fifth Thursday in his Yankees debut.

Butler was signed to a major league contract late Wednesday with the Yankees preparing one final push for an American League Wild Card spot. They're scheduled to face left-handed starters in seven of their next 11 games and Butler holds a career .872 OPS versus lefties. He may carry some sneaky value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Yankees signed DH Billy Butler.

Butler is expected to start at designated hitter against left-handers down the stretch for the Yanks, and the team is scheduled to face southpaws in seven of its next 11 games. Still, there's not much fantasy upside here. Butler was hitting a quiet .276/.331/.403 with four homers and 31 RBI across 221 at-bats prior to being released by the A's on Sunday.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:30:00 PM

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have signed Billy Butler to a major league contract.

Butler was released by the A's on Sunday. At the time of his release, the veteran was hitting .276/.331/.403 with four homers and 31 RBI over 221 at-bats. With the Yankees losing Aaron Judge for the season due to an oblique injury, Butler could help provide a little needed offensive punch. He does not hold any stretch-run value in terms of fantasy.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 10:24:00 PM

Athletics released DH Billy Butler.

Oakland giving Butler a three-year, $30 million contract seemed odd at the time it happened and it has gone down as a colossal bust of a free agent signing. It's a bitter pill for the club to swallow, as Butler is still owed $10 million next season in addition to what remains of his $10 million salary this year. However, he's a sunk cost at this point and the A's have decided to move on. The team has been mixing and matching in the designated hitter spot of late and should continue to do so in the final weeks.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Athletics activated DH Billy Butler from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Butler suffered a concussion last weekend in a clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia. The two have since apologized, to each other and to the A's organization. Butler has a disappointing .286/.338/.419 batting line with four homers and 30 RBI in 228 plate appearances this season.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 01:43:00 PM

Billy Butler (concussion) is expected to be activated on Monday.

That's assuming he passes a concussion test Sunday. Butler has missed the last week of action following a clubhouse scuffle with teammate Danny Valencia.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 02:08:00 PM

Billy Butler said Wednesday that he's making good progress in his recovery from a concussion.

Butler also apologized for his role in the clubhouse fight with teammate Danny Valencia that resulted in his concussion. "I definitely said some things you shouldn’t, I definitely stepped in an area you shouldn’t. That wasn’t my business," said Butler. "I know I regret what I did, I think he regrets what he did. By no means do I think his intentions were to give me a concussion, I think that’s fair to say." The fight started after Butler told a rep for an equipment company that Valencia was wearing the wrong shoes at the wrong time. Or something like that.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Athletics placed DH Billy Butler on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Butler has been dealing with concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia on Friday. According to Athletics general manager David Forst, both players were fined as a result. Arismendy Alcantara will take Butler's spot on the active roster.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 07:09:00 PM

Billy Butler is not listed on the active roster for Monday's game against the Indians.

The Athletics have yet to make an official announcement, but Butler displayed concussion symptoms following a physical altercation with teammate Danny Valencia over the weekend and will presumably be placed on the disabled list. Arismendy Alcantara is expected to take his spot on the active roster.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 06:33:00 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the recent clubhouse fight between Billy Butler and Danny Valencia was about an endorsement contract.

Valencia was in talks with an equipment representative before Butler allegedly interjected regarding the use of some off-brand spikes and told him that the company should drop the endorsement deal. This led to a confrontation where Valencia allegedly punched Butler in the temple. Butler has dealt with nausea and vomiting since. As for Valencia, Slusser hears that he will be fined for the fight. It's unclear if he'll face any other punishment.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Billy Butler missed Saturday and Sunday's games against the White Sox due to injuries sustained in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

The alleged incident occurred on Friday night, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's manager Bob Melvin wouldn't divulge any details when pressed for information on Sunday and simply noted that Butler sat out due to nausea and vomiting, and not from the flu as initially reported. Those symptoms are often associated with concussions, though it's unclear if Butler sustained a concussion from the altercation with Valencia. There should be more clarity here soon, especially if MLB decides to investigate the matter.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 10:02:00 PM

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