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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 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. Aug 19 - 1:56 AM

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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.
Aug 12 - 9:40 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.
Aug 8 - 12:14 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.
Jul 12 - 10:35 AM

Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in Thursday afternoon's loss to the Yankees.

Butler's double off of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was his 16th of the season. After a blistering start to the season, he's cooled off to hit .250/.314/.377 with seven homers and 38 RBI over 308 at-bats. His slash-numbers have dropped in every year since 2012 and are currently on course to continue that trend.
Jul 9 - 4:18 PM

Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 10-inning victory against the Yankees.

Butler swatted a game-tying solo home run in the sixth inning against Chasen Shreve. He had been held hitless in his previous three games. The DH is batting a mediocre .250/.315/.373 with seven home runs and 37 RBI to date.
Jul 7 - 10:27 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rockies.

The second-inning triple was just Butler's fifth in 4,599 career at-bats. He scored later in the inning and added an RBI single in the fifth. The big man is batting .259/.323/.376 on the year.
Jul 1 - 7:05 PM

Billy Butler had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and three runs scored in Monday's win against the Rockies.

Butler singled and scored in the first inning, clubbed a solo home run in the fourth, knocked in a run with a double in the eighth and later scored on Brett Lawrie's triple. Aside from a four-hit night on June 17, Butler hadn't done anything at the plate, batting a miserable .179 (10-for-56) since June 5. Overall, he's hitting .254/.315/.366 with six home runs and 34 RBI.
Jun 30 - 12:49 AM

Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Royals and is hitting .197 with one homer and six RBI in 66 at-bats during June.

If Butler were on a one-year deal instead of a three-year pact, he'd be a real candidate for a benching. As is, the A's will likely stick with him and hope for the best. He's been a liability thus far.
Jun 27 - 1:38 AM

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

The A's will roll with Ike Davis at first base and Stephen Vogt as the designated hitter. The 29-year-old is hitting .256/.311/.357 with five homers and 32 RBI in his first year in Oakland.
Jun 20 - 12:32 PM

Billy Butler was locked in during Wednesday's 16-2 win over the Padres, going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer.

Butler started out the evening about as good as an offensive player can start out an evening when he launched a three-run homer off of Odrisamer Despaigne in the first inning. Butler would reach three more times in the contest, all singles. The long-time Royal has had his moments in his first season with the A's, but even games like Wednesday's cannot obscure the fact that he's slashing just .260/.316/.364 on the season.
Jun 18 - 1:35 AM

Billy Butler will start at first base Tuesday against the Padres.

It's his second start at first base this season. The A's don't have the luxury of the designated hitter under National League rules, but they want to get him in the lineup.
Jun 16 - 1:32 PM

Billy Butler is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

It's the second time in four days that the slumping veteran is on the bench. Ben Zobrist is serving as Oakland's designated hitter.
Jun 14 - 1:09 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday afternoon's win over the Tigers.

Butler doubled off of Shane Greene in the third inning to drive in Stephen Vogt, then added an RBI single in the fifth. The former Royal has knocked in 28 runs and homered four times this season. After slashing a solid .287/.354/.448 in April, Butler struggled mightily in May, hitting just .241/.278/.302. It's probably reasonable to expect his numbers to fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes by the end of the season.
Jun 4 - 4:24 PM

Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

It's about time the A's stop automatically hitting Butler cleanup against righties, considering that he's really only been useful versus lefties since the start of 2014. He has a .630 OPS versus righties this season, and he came in at .653 in Kansas City last year.
May 21 - 10:34 PM

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
3Carson Blair
1B1Ike Davis
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
2Tyler Ladendorf
3B1Danny Valencia
LF1Coco Crisp
2Mark Canha
3Jason Pridie
CF1Billy Burns
2Sam Fuld
RF1Josh Reddick
2Jake Smolinski
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
S1Sonny Gray
2Jesse Hahn
3Jesse Chavez
4Kendall Graveman
5Jarrod Parker
6Chris Bassitt
7Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Drew Pomeranz
3Fernando Rodriguez
4Edward Mujica
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Pat Venditte
8R.J. Alvarez
9Ryan Dull
10Arnold Leon
11Dan Otero