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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||580.00||11.00||.284||75.00||64.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs L.A. Angels||20||4||0|| .379|| .250|| .200|
|vs Bassitt (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||412||105||5|| .301|| .352|| .255|
|12/27/2014||Billy Butler, DH OAK|
Dayan Viciedo, 3B TOR
|Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP LAD|
|12/26/2014||Josh Donaldson, 3B TOR|
Aroldis Chapman, RP CIN
|Billy Butler, DH OAK|
Ernesto Frieri, RP TB
Brandon Moss, 1B CLE
|12/24/2014||Jonathon Niese, SP NYM||Billy Butler, DH OAK|
|Last 10 Games|
A's DH Billy Butler back in lineup after sitting out with stomach illness
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1:38 pm ET) Athletics DH Billy Butler was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Cubs after sitting out Wednesday due to a stomach illness.
“It was a bad 24-hour bug,’’ Butler said, per the Bay Area News Group. “It was nasty. But I’m OK now, good to go.’’
A's DH Billy Butler takes a seat Wednesday due to stomach bug
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/4/15) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler was not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against San Francisco because of a stomach bug, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Matt Olson will take his spot as the team's designated hitter. |
Butler signed a three-year deal with the A's in the offseason. He hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year for the Royals.
A's still planning to use Davis at 1B, Butler at DH vs. RHPs
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/24/15) Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday he still views Billy Butler as the primary DH against right-handed pitchers, per the San Francisco Chronicle. He added Butler will also play some first base against left-handed pitchers, but Ike Davis will see most of the playing time at first base vs. right-handers.
Athletics' Billy Butler would welcome return to Royals
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/26/15) Athletics designated hitter Billy Butler said he would love to return to the Royals later in his career, according to the Kansas City Star.
After spending the first eight seasons of his career in Kansas City, Butler signed a three-year deal with Oakland during the offseason. Though he left the Royals, Butler said there is no hard feelings. "It’s disappointing, but you understand that the game’s a business and I didn’t leave on bad terms," Butler said. "I’d be more than happy to come back. That’s home for me. I’ll always be forever tied to the Royals organization and the community there."
The 28-year-old hit .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats last year.
Athletics make it official, ink Billy Butler to 3-year deal
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(11/19/14) The Athletics announced they've signed designated hitter/first baseman Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Reports indicate Butler will receive $30 million despite coming off a down year in which he hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI for the Royals.
2014 Summary: Billy Butler
took an awfully long time to get going, batting .235 with 10 extra-base hits (nine of which were doubles) through his first 52 games. Home runs were scarce for Butler all season long, as he hit only eight more the rest of the way, but he finished up by batting .290 with 23 doubles over his final 99 games. In part due to the sluggish start, Butler recorded his lowest home run, RBI and run totals for any season in which he played at least 150 games. His .271 batting average was a career low.
Playing time status: After starting 157 games in 2013, Butler made just 143 starts this past season. Now with the Athletics, Butler could get back to playing virtually every day, though there could be a crowded field of first baseman/designated hitter types to contend with. He can't afford to get mired in a deep slump again.
2015 Outlook: Coming off back-to-back seasons with declining production, Butler is making it difficult for Fantasy owners to trust him. His mid-to-late season surge showed he can still be counted on to help with batting average, but Butler simply doesn't hit for enough power, given that he is only eligible at first base and DH. He shouldn't be targeted until the later rounds of standard mixed league drafts.
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