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Butler frustrated first season with A's hasn't gone as planned

Signing Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million free agent contract shortly after the 2014 season ended was a decidedly 'non-A's' move, but that's just what Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane did.The deal was met with skepticism from many, considering Butler's statistical decline over the past few seasons with the Kansas City Royals...and so far in 2015, their hesitance...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Billy Butler Hits Baseball out of Minute Maid Park

New Oakland Athletics first baseman Billy Butler hit his first homer as a member of the team Monday night against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. But that’s so far from being the actual story here. Butler literally hit the ball out of the ballpark. No seriously, he did. The towering blast came off Astros starter Scott Feldman, who could do nothing more than just stand...
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April 13, 2015  |  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 […]
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November 19, 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

Kansas City Royals: The case of Billy Butler

Royals’ Billy Butler seems to enjoy the game and have more success when playing in the field ( The first place Kansas City Royals have had success this year offensively in ways that are abnormal to most teams winning formulas. Designated hitter Billy Butler, the Royals supposed power supply, has struggled all season long to regain his form from 2012 when he...
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners talking to Royals about Billy Butler trade

A few years ago Billy Butler was snubbed in the Home Run Derby. Things have changed since that time with Butler looking nothing like the player he was in 2012. This year the 28-year-old Butler is hitting just .273/.325/.355 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 93 games. While the Kansas City Royals are considering adding pieces to their team ahead of the trade deadline, Butler may...
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Butler sees a power surge coming for him and the Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Perhaps no one is more perplexed about the Royals' offensive woes than Billy Butler, for years the team's most consistent and professional hitter. It's almost June, and Butler remains stuck on one home run, while hitting .240. And, of course, Butler isn't alone among the punchless Royals hitters -- the entire team has just 20 homers (they had 28 at this time last...
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May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: The Billy Butler issue  

The Kansas City Royals have started the season at a mediocre 11-11. There is no need to panic but at the same time it may not be something to be overly excited about. However, the starting rotation has been a team strength and many of the young players on the team are beginning to play better as well. Although there are many bright spots on the roster and many reasons to be optimistic...
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Should we start worrying about Billy Butler?

Earwigs are weird little bugs. They’re long, they have pincers on their butts and they have these weird little membranous wings they rarely use. Some species of earwigs have been traced back to the Jurassic Era, and they live on pretty much every continent. You know where they don’t live? Anyone’s ears. The term earwig […]
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April 16, 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...
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February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

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