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Billy Butler’s Importance to the Oakland A’s

Billy Butler’s offense and ability to find his top form will have a huge impact on whether or not the Oakland A’s contend in 2015. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Billy Butler’s three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland A’s seemed to indicate an organizational commitment to competing in 2015. Since that move was made, the A’s have dealt a series of critical...
Via The Sports Journal
21 days ago  |  Discuss

All it took for Billy Butler to get his #16? A new winch!

New Oakland Athletics DH Billy Butler really wanted his #16 back. The problem is, Josh Reddick already has that number. Like we often see in situations like this, trades happen so the player can get his number back. All it took for Butler to get his #16? A new winch for Reddick. Hey @BillyButlerOAK thanks for the winch! Fair trade for a number I believe!
Via The Outside Corner
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Why are the Oakland A’s stocking up on first basemen?

Ike Davis This weekend, the Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates. This signing comes less than a week after the Athletics signed designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler. Many are confused as to why the Oakland A’s are signing more first basemen when they already have Brandon Moss, Kyle Blanks, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman and now Butler...
November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Adam LaRoche edition

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be a valuable asset to the Royals in 2015 (washingtonpost). The Kansas City Royals had a glaring hole at the designated hitter position last season when Billy Butler hit only nine home runs while driving in only 66 runs all season. With Butler’s departure to Oakland yesterday, the Royals have stated they may rotate starters for rest in the DH position...
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Billy Butler deal may not be totally crazy

At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year… three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had three ten million dollar players on the roster at one time did so for the first time in order to sign a guy […]
Via Fangraphs
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Billy Butler, A’s Agree To Three-Year Deal Worth $30 Million

OAKLAND, Calif. — Free-agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A’s had not announced the deal, their typical practice until a new player passes a physical. Butler would provide a right...
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Offseason Outlook: 5 Options for Replacing Billy Butler

The Kansas City Royals are coming off of their most successful season in almost 30 years. Now, with an American League Championship in hand, the team faces a new set of challenges. Possibly the largest challenge of all is sustainability. They won the American League Championship. They were within 90 feet of potentially tying the deciding World Series game. They have shown the world...
Via i70baseball
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Butler To Become Free Agent After Royals Decline 2015 Option

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have declined their option for next season on Billy Butler, making the former All-Star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his eight-year career. The Royals elected to pay Butler a $1 million buyout rather than exercise their $12.5 million option for next season. There is still the chance Butler could sign a new contract...
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

KC church has great response to Billy Butler's stolen base

God gave Moses only ten commandments.  Ten.  It’s okay to break one, right?  According to a Kansas City area church, Billy Butler is still free to receive communion on Sunday despite breaking one of the most basic.  Check it out (via Beth Jones/@bethalma on Twitter) Thou shall not.. #exceptions @royals @BillyButlerKC — Beth Jones (@bethalma) October...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

A Butler bounce back could be key to Royals offense in 2014

It is no secret to Royals fans that 2013 was a down year for Billy Butler. After a career year in 2012, the Kansas City designated hitter saw an extreme drop in his overall numbers, especially the power numbers. The seven-year MLB veteran posted his lowest home run and RBI totals since 2010 and his lowest batting average and OPS since 2008. After a 29 HR and 107 RBI season in 2012...
Via i70baseball
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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