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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
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