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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 went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday in his first start in three days.
Butler is 0-for-14 in his four starts over the last 10 days, and the Royals aren't bringing him off the bench when he doesn't start. It looks like he'll be worthless in fantasy leagues these last two weeks. Sep 15 - 11:57 PM

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Billy Butler had a rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Red Sox, going hitless in four at-bats.

Butler has struggled to put together consistent at-bats for most of the season, and is hitting just .266/.319/.374 with nine homers and 59 RBI. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively in the season's final weeks if the Royals want to secure a spot in the playoffs.
Sep 13 - 12:18 AM

Billy Butler is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Butler went 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout on Monday and will now sit for the third time in the last four games. Josh Willingham will start at the DH spot against Max Scherzer.
Sep 9 - 3:53 PM

Billy Butler isn't in the Royals' lineup Sunday for the second straight day.

Butler has batted .182 in his last 10 games, and manager Ned Yost wanted to give the designated hitter "a day off to mentally relax a little bit. He’s been grinding really hard." Josh Willingham is in the DH spot again Sunday.
Sep 7 - 10:59 AM

Billy Butler is not in the Royals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

It's merely a routine day of rest for the slugger against tough right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Eric Hosmer is drawing the start at first base with Josh Willingham serving as the team's designated hitter.
Sep 6 - 12:30 PM

Billy Butler hit his ninth home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Rangers.

The homer in the fourth inning, a solo shot, was his only hit in four at-bats. He's got four of his nine home runs in August as he's turned in a strong month. Butler has shaken off his early struggles, bringing his overall line up to .277/.326/.391.
Aug 24 - 7:06 PM

Billy Butler hit his eighth home run of the season on Friday.

Butler finished the game 1-for-5. While Butler's still hitting for average this season (.280), his power numbers have been noticeably lower than normal. After hitting a career-high of 29 home runs in 2012, Butler's home run total dropped to 15 in 2013. Given that it's now late August, it's doubtful he'll match that number this year unless he goes on a tear. He's slashing .280/.330/.385 overall.
Aug 23 - 1:34 AM

Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's 4-2 win over the Giants.

Butler connected for a two-run homer in the first inning and later played hero with a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth. This has been a disappointing season for the 28-year-old, but he's hitting .579 (11-for-19) with two homers, three doubles, and six RBI over his last five games.
Aug 8 - 11:30 PM

Billy Butler hit a three-run home run and collected three RBI in Tuesday's 12-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

The effort marks back-to-back three-hit games for Butler, as he finished 4-for-5. Prior to Sunday's tilt with the A's, he had just one hit in his last seventeen at-bats. Butler's underperforming this season, putting up a .269/.320/.360 line, the worst of his career, but it's not completely improbable that he might have a hot run or two left in him before the season's out. Just don't hold your breath.
Aug 6 - 12:52 AM

Billy Butler had a three-hit afternoon against the Indians on Sunday, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

Since Royals manager Ned Yost called Butler out on Thursday, the designated hitter has responded by collecting six hits in nine at-bats with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored. In Sunday's game, Butler scored the first run of the game and later delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. His recent onslaught has raised his line to .273/.326/.370 and may give Yost second thoughts about taking playing time away from the talented 28-year-old.
Jul 27 - 7:26 PM

Billy Butler homered for the second consecutive night as the Royals beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday.

Butler's two-run fifth-inning blast put Kansas City ahead for good. He also hit a big go-ahead two-run homer on Friday and may be starting to come alive for the Royals, who badly need such a burst. The 28-year-old designated hitter owns a disappointing .268/.322/.363 slash line and only five total homers this year.
Jul 26 - 10:29 PM

Billy Butler hit a pinch-hit go-ahead two-run homer in a 6-4 win over the Indians on Friday night.

The clutch blast came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was just his fourth home run of the season. While the 28-year-old played the role of hero for the Royals on this night, he's been one of the game's most disappointing players with a weak .266/.320/.353 batting line.
Jul 26 - 12:38 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Billy Butler will lose playing time in the designated hitter spot in the coming days.

It's probably overdue, as Butler has struggled mightily with a .266/.321/.346 batting line and three homers this season and has hit just .234/.286/.313 this month. The 28-year-old is probably droppable in most mixed leagues at this point. Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez will pick up the extra at-bats in the DH spot.
Jul 24 - 6:41 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar