Billy Butler RUMORS & NEWS

  • Billy Butler talks about conditioning and the Athletics’ bad chemistry

    Hardball Talk "A’s DH Billy Butler appeared at whatever Caravan/FanFest/Magical Mystery Tour the A’s, like every other team, have in January. There were a number of issues on the table, but the two that stuck out were his conditioning and the A’s team chemistry, as reported by John Shea of the San Francisco..." January 25

  • Report: A’s sign Billy Butler

    San Francisco Gate "According @MLBDailyRumors, the A’s have signed DH-first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the A’s were in talks with Butler, and I am told by team sources that the sides are “engaged.” ESPN’s Buster Olney also is reporting that the..." November 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Athletics in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler. First reported: @CoverThoseBases.

  • Report: Billy Butler gets a three-year, $30 million offer

    Hardball Talk "Take it with a huge grain of salt, since it’s Phil Rogers. But this is what he wrote on A source indicated to that Butler has received a three-year, $30 million offer. That team is widely believed to be the Orioles. Orioles GM Dan Duquette denied it, telling’s..." November 12

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Royals expected to decline billy butlers $12M option. With aoki a free agent, may pursue torii hunter (they tried 7 yrs ago)

  • Butler would be willing to renegotiate deal to stay in KC next season

    Fox Sports Kansas City "When Billy Butler thinks about next season and ponders the possibility of not being in a Royals uniform, he quickly tries to think of something else. "It would definitely be painful," Butler tells Butler is in the final season of a four-year, $30 million deal he..." August 12

  • Billy Butler needs to hit to stay in Royals lineup, Ned Yost says

    Kansas City Star "For the 105th game of the Royals season, manager Ned Yost crafted a lineup as if the preceding 104 games had essentially not occurred. The batting order was an almost exact replica of the one sketched out for opening day, with little concession given to the subsequent events. Nori Aoki entered..." July 30

  • Mariners have “talked to the Royals” about Billy Butler

    Hardball Talk "Last week the Mariners were said to be interested in Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd and now their search for a right-handed hitter apparently includes Royals designated hitter Billy Butler. Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Mariners have “talked to the Royals about Butler,” who has..." July 15

  • Butler on trade rumors: 'I'm still a Kansas City Royal'

    Fox Sports "Royals designated hitter Billy Butler didn't get too frazzled in recent weeks when he heard his name pop up in endless trade rumors. "I've been around long enough now that, you know, every year there's rumors about me (being traded)," Butler said Friday at a media gathering at Kauffman..." December 20

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    Jeff Blair @GloBlair

    Jays source tells me Royals-Jays have talked re. Billy Butler/prospects. Gibbons/Seitzer connection with KC makes sense.

  • Royals have not discussed dealing DH Billy Butler

    SB Nation "The Royals are poised to compete in 2014, so they likely would not be willing to give up a key bat. Despite rumors popping up occasionally that the Kansas City Royals could trade Billy Butler, the team says they have not discussed the designated hitter with other teams this offseason, reports..." November 24

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Royals ready to talk about Billy Butler deal for teams that would take on DH owed $8 million in '14 $12m in 2015.

  • Billy Butler goes 5-for-5 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored

    Kansas City Star "Well, sure, an 11-4 victory Monday night over the Los Angeles Angels doesn’t entirely wipe out that miserable week the Royals just endured, but it should calm a few concerns. Most encouraging, perhaps, was the 19-hit attack, which matched a season high and included five from previously slumping..." May 14

  • Royals’ Butler battling to stay patient

    Kansas City Star "Billy Butler is a designated hitter in the truest sense of the word. (All right, two words.) That’s his role and what he does. It is why he was an All-Star a year ago and a Silver Slugger recipient. That’s what makes this season, to this point, so difficult. Too often, Butler isn’t getting the..." May 04

  • Royals’ Butler now has his own BBQ sauce

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Move over Country Breakfast. Here comes Billy Barbecue. That’s right. The man they call Country Breakfast in Kansas City, Billy Butler, now has his own line of barbecue sauce – “Billy’s Hit it a TON Barbecue Sauce” – in a city that worships marinated slabs of meat. Butler, the Royals’..." April 13

  • Billy Butler offers Royals one constant: He can hit

    Kansas City Star "If doubt ever existed — and he insists it never did — those few magical nights last July for the All-Star Game festivities at Kauffman Stadium erased it for all time. Designated hitter Billy Butler is right where he wants to be. “There are guys who go through their whole career,” he said,..." March 26

  • Billy Butler: I've Got The Power?

    Kings Of Kauffman "Am I the only one anxious to see how Billy Butler's power numbers hold up in 2013? I like to think some maturity and what seemed to be some extra effort in swinging for the fences will hold up moving forward, but I do think there is a minor cause for concern and a very real chance at regression..." January 24

  • Billy Butler wins Martinez Award as baseball's best DH

    Kansas City Star "The honors keep coming for Billy Butler, who can now clear space in his trophy case for the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. The voting wasn't close. Butler received 80 of 84 first-place votes in balloting by a panel of beat writers, broadcasters and American League..." December 05

  • Butler earns Martinez Outstanding DH Award "For a while, Billy Butler was a reluctant designated hitter, but now, he's acclaimed as the best in the business. Butler, the Royals' DH, was named the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award on Tuesday. And it wasn't even close. Butler got 80 first-place votes..." December 04

  • Does Butler have biggest run-production responsibility in AL?

    Kansas City Star "Royals manager Ned Yost likes to characterize designated hitter Billy Butler as a "hitter who can hit good pitching" and for validation points to Butler's success against Detroit ace Justin Verlander. Butler nicked Verlander for three hits in Monday's 6-2 loss, which left him with a .396 career..." September 27

  • RBI milestone big for Billy Butler

    Kansas City Star "Designated hitter Billy Butler attained a goal Saturday night by reaching 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. "Obviously, when it's the first time for you, it's big," he said. "It's a great goal. Being in the middle of the lineup, and being counted on to be a run-producer, that's a big..." September 24

  • Ninth-inning homers by Butler, Perez carry Royals to win over Angels

    Kansas City Star "All the Royals needed Saturday night, as it turned out, was to get Zack Greinke, their former Cy Young Award winner, out of the game. Once Greinke departed, Billy Butler and Salvy Perez hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri that lifted the Royals to an..." September 16

  • Butler falls single short of cycle but Royals romp

    Kansas City Star "The obvious storyline Thursday night, when the Royals opened a four-game series in Baltimore with an 8-2 victory, is Billy Butler had two chances to hit for the cycle. And he needed a single. Not a triple. That's right. He had the triple. Alas, the Butler didn't do it. (Go ahead and groan.)..." August 10

  • Billy Butler's walk-off homer lifts Royals to win over Mariners

    Kansas City Star "Billy Butler rescued the Royals from a possible dreadful loss Wednesday night by leading off the ninth inning with a walk-off home run for an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. No, he wasn't sure it was gone. "Never at night here," Butler said. "As the night goes on,..." July 19

  • Butler soaks in his All-Star experience

    Kansas City Star "Two runners were on base with one out when Royals designated hitter Billy Butler stepped into the on-deck circle as a pinch hitter. The crowd of 40,933 at Kauffman Stadium was flushed with anticipation, thinking about the possibility of Butler coming up with the bases loaded in his All-Star..." July 11

  • Dunn gives up All-Star at-bats for Royals' Butler

    Chicago Tribune "Jake Peavy didn't expect to play in Tuesday night's All-Star Game, but the plan was to have White Sox teammate Adam Dunn enter in the fifth inning as the American League DH. But Dunn never appeared, instead giving his at-bats to the Royals' Billy Butler, who was playing in front of his hometown..." July 11

  • Royals' Billy Butler is enjoying his All-Star moment

    Kansas City Star "A quick glance Monday at Billy Butler, and his Opie Taylor smile, should convince anyone that he is absolutely the right choice if the Royals could have only one player in the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium. "It's just a priceless feeling," he said. "I didn't know what to expect. I'm just..." July 10