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16 Billy Butler DH
Height/Weight: 6-1/240 | Birthdate: 4/18/1986 | Birthplace: Orange Park, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 58/30 | Average Draft Position: 124.70
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Billy Butler willing to renegotiate deal to remain with Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is due a $12.5 million club option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout, but he indicated Monday that he'd be willing to renegotiate the deal to remain in Kansas City, MLB.com reports.

"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 on Monday. "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.'"

Butler is in the middle of a down season, hitting just .269/.320/.348 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 353 at-bats. He has averaged just shy of 20 home runs over the last five seasons while never failing to post a batting average below .289.


Report: Mariners showing interest in trade for Billy Butler


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) The Mariners have talked to the Royals about trading for DH Billy Butler, according to ESPN. Butler had a disappointing first half, batting .273 with three home runs and 36 RBI in 93 games.

Billy Butler stays hot with season-best three RBI


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Royals DH Billy Butler continued his hot streak at the plate, totaling a season-best three RBI in an 11-8 win Monday at Detroit. He now has four multi-RBI games in his last six outings.

Butler totaled all three RBI on a bases-clearing double off Justin Verlander in the fifth inning. He is batting .455 (10 for 22) with one home run, two doubles and 10 RBI during a six-game hit streak.

Butler has been on a good run offensively over the last month. He is batting .327 with a .374 on-base percentage and .810 OPS in his last 28 games. However, his power is still down, as he has just one home run in that span and two home runs in 69 games.


Billy Butler finally blasts second homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler achieved Saturday what he achieved by mid-April last season - he hit his second home run of the year.

Butler contributed to a rout of the White Sox with a two-run homer in the ninth. He had also singled and scored in the fourth in continuing a hot streak. He has hit in nine of his last 10 games with 12 hits in his last 35 at-bats. His .261 average is at its highest point of the season.


Royals name Dale Sveum as new hitting coach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Royals have named Dale Sveum as the team's new hitting coach, according to the Kansas City Star.

The Royals have been one of the biggest disappointments on offense. The team is currently last in the majors with 21 home runs. While they feature the lowest strikeout rate in the league, the team is also near the bottom of the league in walk rate. The Royals' team on-base percentage is just .306, one of the lowest figures in the league.

Nearly every player on the club has declined offensively. After a strong spring, Mike Moustakas was demoted to the minors. Both Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer have each only hit one home run. Sveum will now be tasked with turning around those players.


Billy Butler produces first three-hit game of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler enjoyed his first three-hit game of the season Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

Butler got things going offensively with an RBI single off starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the opening frame. He singled in the fifth and doubled in the seventh. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in an 8-6 victory. He raised his average from .283 to .294 on the year. He has one home run and 16 RBI in 154 at-bats.


Billy Butler relegated to fifth spot in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been pushed down beyond the cleanup spot for the first time since he batted sixth on April 20. He will hit fifth Friday night against Baltimore.

Butler has struggled most of the season. He has just five hits in his last 29 at-bats and hasn't homered since May 2. He owns a slugging percentage of .296, which is 104 points under the worst he has compiled in a full season.


Billy Butler worried time off will cool hot bat


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is worried that the time he spent on the bench in San Diego will cool his hot bat, according to the Kansas City Star.

Butler did not start any game during the series, but appeared as a pinch-hitter in each game. After struggling to open the season, Butler had performed well during the team's last homestand, and thought he was starting to come around at the plate. After the time off, he has some concerns. "The way to cool a hot hitter off is to not give him at-bats," he said. "Hopefully that’s not what happens. There’s nothing I can do about that.”

While manager Ned Yost had hinted at Butler seeing more time at first when a left-hander was on the mound, that wasn't the case during the San Diego series. The club faced two lefties. Butler sat both games. Moving forward, it looks like he'll be used primarily as a pinch-hitter in National League parks.


Billy Butler still worth stashing or streaming


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/6/2014) Locked in a massive funk all season long, Billy Butler has seen his activation rate in CBSSports.com leagues steadily plummet. Though Butler is currently owned in 79 percent of our leagues, he is starting in only 42 percent after boasting an 84 percent start rate in Week 1.

Though Butler's stats have been in decline over the last two seasons, he has continued to perform well at home. Butler owns an .836 OPS at Kauffman Stadium this season and posted an .866 mark there last season. He is one of a handful of fringy players whom I highlighted in a recent blog post on players with lopsided home/road splits. As with the other players included in that post, Butler offers enough in some weeks -- namely those in which he plays all of his games at home -- to be worth stashing on your bench or streaming off waivers in shallower leagues.

For example, in Fantasy Week 7 (May 12-18), Butler will play all six games at the Royals' home park, and better yet, he'll face the Rockies and Orioles, who don't feature the most fearsome of pitching staffs. This should be a particularly good week to get Butler back in your lineup.


Billy Butler finally hits first home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler clubbed his first home run Friday against the Tigers.

In his second at-bat of the game, Butler took a 90 mph fastball from Rick Porcello out to left for the solo shot. It was Butler's only hit of the game. He finished 1 for 4, with one run and one RBI. Butler is hitting .236 through 106 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 6


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) What do A.J. Pierzynski, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Marcus Semien, Everth Cabrera and Brett Gardner have in common? They're all "sits" for Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11). Billy Butler didn't qalify for the list as a DH-only player, but he's not so advisable either with the Royals playing three games at San Diego to open the week.

Of course, whether or not you can actually sit them depends on your league type and the alternatives available to you. For the reasons why you might sit them and a list of possible replacements, check out Start and Sit Hitters for Week 6.


Billy Butler drives in two Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler drove in two runs Friday against the Orioles.

Butler got things going early, hitting an RBI single in the first inning. He also clubbed a double in the ninth inning, driving in the final run of the game. Butler made out in his other three plate appearances.

He finished 2 for 5, with no runs scored and two RBI. Butler is hitting just .207, and has driven in eight runs on the year.


Billy Butler will bat cleanup again Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler batting sixth in Sunday's loss to Minnesota on Sunday, but is expected to return to the cleanup spot Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.

Butler went 2 for 4 with a pair of singles in an 8-3 defeat. He is hitting .149 with just five RBI in 47 at-bats this season at the cleanup spot.

Billy Butler finally goes for extra bases


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler told MLB.com before Saturday's game he has been feeling better at the plate recently. He went out and proved it in the game, as he picked up his first extra-base hit of the season in a 5-4 win over the Twins.

Butler went 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to four games. He clubbed a double and scored a run in the game, told reporters he is where he wants to be at the plate after opening the season with an extended cold streak.

"That's where I need to stay. That's what got me to this point," Butler said. "That's where I need to stay and that's what I'm going to do. Got to stay there."  

Even after picking up two hits, Butler is hitting just .193/.273/.211 in 57 at-bats. He hit .289 with 41 extra-base hits a year ago. 


Billy Butler dropped to sixth spot in batting order


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has been dropped to the sixth spot in the order Thursday.

Manager Ned Yost told Kansas City media that Butler would likely be dropped in the lineup after struggling to open the year. Through 47 at-bats, he's hitting just .149 with zero home runs. He'll look to get back on track against Scott Feldman. 


Billy Butler will be dropped in the order


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler will be dropped in the batting order, according to the Kansas City Star.

Butler has gotten off to a terrible start, hitting just .149 with zero home runs over 47 at-bats. Manager Ned Yost admitted during a radio spot that Butler will be moved out of the cleanup spot. It's unclear how long Yost will keep Butler lower in the order. 


Royals announce opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Royals released their lineup for opening day against the Tigers. Right fielder Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff, and he will be followed by second baseman Omar Infante, first baseman Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, third baseman Mike Moustakas, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Billy Butler to play more first base


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is expected to play more first base this season, according to the Kansas City Star.

Manager Ned Yost told Butler at the beginning of camp that he wanted him to get more work at first base. "I want to try to give him as much opportunity to play over there as I can," Yost said. Yost added that he's seen Butler work harder than ever before in order to prepare at first.

Last season, Butler hit .289/.374/.412 in 582 at-bats. 


Royals, Jays have discussed Billy Butler trade


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) The Blue Jays and Royals have discussed a trade involving Royals designated hitter Billy Butler and Blue Jays prospects, SportsNet reports.

Butler, who is scheduled to reach free agency after the 2014 season, hit .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI in 582 at-bats last season while playing all 162 games. He has missed just 11 games over the last five seasons.


Billy Butler probably won't be traded


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) Though Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is once again rumored to be a trade candidate this offseason, a club official told The Kansas City Star he's unlikely to be dealt.

"Do the math. We're looking to add offense," the club official said. "If we trade Butler, we'd have to add a lot of offense. It would have to be a series of moves to do that, and that's hard to do. Plus, there's just not that much available offense out there."

Butler, who is signed through 2014 with a team option for 2015, hit .289 with 15 homers and a .787 OPS in 2013.


Royals willing to listen on Billy Butler


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) The Royals are willing to listen to offers for designated hitter Billy Butler, according to ESPN.

The club appears to be concerned with Butler's pay increase over the next few seasons. Butler is set to make $8 million in 2014. That jumps to $12 million the following season. Butler hit .289/.374/.412 in 582 at-bats. 


Billy Butler racks up five hits in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler went 5 for 5 with five singles, one run and one RBI in his team's 7-6, extra-innings win over the Mariners Thursday.

It was Butler's second 5-for-5 performance of the season, having accomplished the feat on May 13 against the Angels. He has hit .292/.380/.424 with 14 home runs and 72 RBI in 500 at-bats.


Billy Butler homers against Twins


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler homered Tuesday in a win at Minnesota. Butler went deep in the ninth inning to put a cap on the scoring in the 6-1 victory.

Butler hit his 14th home run of the season for a solo shot. He finished 2 for 5 with two strikeouts and is batting .296 on the year.

Butler has gone 10 for 21 with five runs scored, two homers and five RBI over a five-game hitting streak. He has four multi-hit games over that stretch.


Billy Butler has big day in win over Rays


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler reached base five times and homered Monday during an easy win over the Rays. Butler singled twice, walked twice and blasted a mammoth solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap his afternoon.

The cleanup hitter scored three runs in the victory over Tampa Bay. He went 3 for 3 and had RBI singles in the first and third innings go with his 13th long ball of the year.

Batting .295 on the season, Butler has gone 8 for 16 over his last four games with four RBI. The home run was his first extra-base hit since homering back on Aug. 18 against the Tigers.

Billy Butler hits 12th home run


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler hit his 12th home run in a loss Sunday against Detroit.

Butler finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Butler is still slugging just .428 -- his worst since 2008. He is on pace for roughly 16 home runs after hitting 48 over the past two seasons.