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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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Billy Butler said Monday that he would be willing to renegotiate his contract, which currently includes a $12.5 million club option for 2015.
The Royals seem unlikely to exercise the option given Butler's struggles this season, but the designated hitter is willing to redo his deal in order to remain in Kansas City. He's making $8 million this season. "If the option doesn't work, I'd be more than happy to renegotiate in any type of way. I've always said that," Butler said. "I've been with the Royals for my whole career so why wouldn't I? It's all I've ever known and I love it here. I never said anything about, 'Oh, it's my option year, take it or leave it.'" Jul 21 - 9:01 PM

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have talked to the Royals about a possible trade for Billy Butler.

The Mariners are looking far and wide for a bat, but they'd be buying low on Butler. While he has shown some signs of life since early June, he has hit just three home runs through 93 games this season. The Mariners have also reportedly showed interest in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Jul 15 - 10:15 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Tigers.

Butler wandered aimlessly through much of the first two months of the season, but he's enjoying a revival over the past few weeks. The 28-year-old has raised his average from .249 on June 8 to .271 after Tuesday's game, and the lopsided win over the Tigers was his fifth two-hit game in his last seven contests. Patient fantasy owners who held onto Butler through his struggles are being rewarded.
Jun 17 - 10:58 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a three-run double Monday versus the Tigers.

Butler has 10 hits and 10 RBI in his last six games, and he's batting .367 over his last 17 games. More homers would be nice, though he did finally hit his second on Saturday, but at least he is hitting again.
Jun 16 - 11:42 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the White Sox.

It was his second home run of the season and his first since May 2. Butler is 7-for-16 (.438) with seven RBI over his last four games, so perhaps he's finally coming out of his season-long slumber.
Jun 14 - 5:41 PM

Billy Butler had a two-run single and finished 2-for-4 in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Butler had two singles in his four at-bats, bringing his line up to .253/.303/.319. He's still sorely lacking in the power department, though -- Butler is stuck on one home run, which he hit on May 2, and the two runs batted in gave him 23 RBI on the year. It's not fun owning virtually any of the Royals for fantasy purposes these days.
Jun 10 - 11:16 PM

Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with three runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.

Butler walked twice and doubled, coming around to score all three times he was on base in the game. Country Breakfast is now 7-for-12 with two doubles and six runs scored in his last three games. He's been unable to find any consistent success at the plate thus far this season, but his recent performance has his line up to .253/.311/.321. We may be seeing Butler awake from his offensive slumber at long last.
May 21 - 1:07 AM

Billy Butler had a second straight three-hit game Monday against the White Sox.

Butler has upped his average from .227 to .252 by going 6-for-9 the last two days. He's still stuck on one homer for the year, but things are looking up.
May 20 - 12:05 AM

Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored versus the Orioles on Sunday.

Butler is hitting .268 with eight RBI in 17 games this month after finishing April at .224 with eight RBI in 26 games. So, it's an improvement. His fantasy value will remain limited until he starts hitting some homers again, but even baby steps are appreciated at this point.
May 18 - 5:38 PM

Billy Butler's struggles continued in Friday's loss to the Orioles with an 0-for-4 performance.

Butler now has one hit in his last 16 plate appearances. The DH has not been able to get it going this season, only recently getting his OPS over .600. But Friday's performance drops it back down to .572. It goes without saying that Butler needs to pick it up sooner rather than later.
May 16 - 11:00 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his first home run of the 2014 season in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

His homer, a line drive to left field off Rick Porcello in the fourth inning, was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. He's hitting a paltry .236/.291/.302 with 11 RBI on the season and has been a big factor in the Royals early season struggles.
May 2 - 11:23 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI, leading the Royals to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles.

Butler got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the first inning and capped off the scoring with an RBI double in the ninth. While he's starting to show signs of life in recent days, he's still hitting just .207/.272/.244 with no homers and eight RBI on the year.
Apr 25 - 10:52 PM

Shifted in the lineup yet again, Billy Butler went 0-for-4 as the Royals' No. 3 hitter in Thursday's loss.

To put it mildly, Ned Yost's latest attempt to juggle the lineup didn't have a quick payoff. Norichika Aoki, Eric Hosmer, Butler and Alex Gordon all went hitless from the top four spots in the lineup. Omar Infante, who had been batting second in between Aoki and Hosmer, went 1-for-3 and scored the team's lone run from the fifth spot. Butler's average tumbled back down to .196. He's still without a homer in 77 at-bats this year.
Apr 24 - 2:41 PM

Billy Butler went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Butler was ice cold to start the season, but has picked it up as of late, with three multi-hit games in his last four outings. If he keeps it up, it won't be too long until his OPS gets back over .600. He's at .538 now.
Apr 22 - 11:16 PM

Reintroduced to the cleanup spot, Billy Butler went 0-for-4 in Monday's loss to the Indians.

It probably doesn't matter much; Salvador Perez, who was batting cleanup in Butler's place, went 0-for-4, too. Maybe the Royals really should bat Alcides Escobar fourth. OK, no, not really, but Butler has looked terrible and Perez is in quite a funk now, as well.
Apr 21 - 10:25 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
DH1Billy Butler
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Jason Frasor
6Francisley Bueno
7Scott Downs
8Bruce Chen
9Luke Hochevar