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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: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $8,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 51/25 | Average Draft Position: 233.80
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Athletics' Melvin: Ike Davis likely to platoon with Billy Butler


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Wednesday that first baseman Ike Davis would likely only start against right-handed pitching and will begin the season in a platoon with Billy Butler, MLB.com reports.

"We start out a certain way, and then if things transpire, we change our minds," Melvin said. "But we're all about trying to get the best lineup out there on a particular day."

Davis took 92 percent of his at-bats against right-handed pitching last season.

"It is what it is -- just have to play the game when they tell you to play the game," Davis said of the planned platoon. "I had some success platooning last year, so I hope to build on it and continue getting better.''

Davis is in the midst of a fine spring, going 11 for 22 and drawing three walks.


Billy Butler looking to be force in A's lineup, drive in a lot of runs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Athletics DH Billy Butler has seen a decline in power the last two seasons and belted just nine home runs in 2014, which was his lowest total since hitting eight as a rookie in 2007.

Now that he is in his first year with Oakland, Butler is looking to restore his power swing and help the A's chase a World Series title.

"I was brought in to be a middle-of-the-order bat and to be a force in the lineup -- to drive in a lot of runs," Butler said, per MLB.com. "Extra-base hits are big for guys in the lineup. [While I'm not aiming for] any certain numbers ... run production is a big part [of] me contributing to this team.

"I'm out to prove that I'm a valuable piece [of] a championship team. I'm a little sour the Giants beat me in the World Series. It's the Bay Area, [so I want to] go get the [Bay Bridge Series] when we play them this year. So I'm excited for that."


A's DH Billy Butler back in lineup after sitting out with stomach illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) 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
(3/4/2015) 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
(2/24/2015) 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
(1/26/2015) 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
(11/19/2014) 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.

Report: DH Billy Butler agrees to $30 million deal with Oakland


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Athletics, reports MLBDailyRumors.com. The Royals had declined their 2015 option on Butler, who hit .271 with nine homers and 66 RBI in 549 at-bats.

Butler, 28, reportedly will receive a $5 million signing bonus.


Royals decline Billy Butler's option


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Royals have declined the team's $12.5-million option on designated hitter Billy Butler for 2015, but general manager Dayton Moore said the club wants Butler to return, MLB.com reports.

"Billy's been a huge part of our success, and we're going to stay engaged with him and do everything we can to bring him back," Moore said.

Butler made the All-Star team in 2012 and has delivered a .295 career batting average, good for third all-time in franchise history. He hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI in 2014.


Royals expected to decline option on Billy Butler


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Royals are expected to decline an option on designated hitter Billy Butler, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Butler slumped last season, hitting .271/.323/.379 over 549 at-bats. He hit just nine home runs. Butler is owed $12 million next season, and the team is expected to go a different direction. 


Heyman: Royals thought unlikely to pick up Billy Butler's option


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) The Royals are thought unlikely to pick up the $12-million option on designated hitter Billy Butler, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Butler hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI during the regular season. The team may get away from having a full-time designated hitter next year and rather have increased versatility on the roster.


Royals' Billy Butler drives in two Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler drove in two runs Wednesday against the Giants.

Butler struck in his first at-bat. With men on first and second, Butler managed to tie the game on a single to the left fielder. He would find himself in the exact same situation in the sixth inning, and responded in the same fashion. Butler again singled in a run on a hit to left field. He would finish 2 for 3, with no runs scored and two RBI. 


Billy Butler no longer a patient hitter


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/24/2014) As Billy Butler closes out a second straight disappointing season for the Royals, it's worth taking a look at what has gone wrong over the last couple of years. The most obvious aspect of Butler's decline is the lack of home run power, as his homer total has dwindled from 29 in 2012 to 15 in 2013 to nine this season. Yet there is more to Butler's decline than just drooping power numbers.

Going back to Aug. 27, 2013, Butler has struck out 119 times and walked 49 times in 719 plate appearances. That gives him a walk-to-strikeout ratio of 0.41, which is barely above the major league average for each of the last two seasons. Prior to late last season, Butler had been a patient hitter with high BB/K ratios, but he has settled into a far more aggressive approach.

Butler has become a less selective hitter, and it could be behind his declining power, as well as his sagging walk rate and on-base percentage. I explored these trends in a recent Fantasy Baseball Today blog post, and found them to be discouraging when looking ahead to Butler's potential value for 2015. He may appear to be a sneaky late-round play in next year's drafts, but his production and plate discipline have been shaky for long enough that you will be able to pass him up in most mixed leagues.


Royals done sitting Billy Butler


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Though Billy Butler looked like he may have lost his DH job to Josh Willingham for the first couple weeks after Eric Hosmer returned from a hand injury, Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Sunday that the longtime Royal will play every day the rest of the way.

Butler went 2 for 4 with an RBI Sunday against the Tigers. It was just his sixth start in the team's last 15 games.


Billy Butler lone bright spot for Royals Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler was the lone bright spot for his team on Sunday against the Rangers in Arlington.

Butler took Scott Baker deep for a solo home run in the fourth inning. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 3-1 defeat. He owns a .277/.326/.391 slash line with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 470 at-bats.

Hitters to start in Week 21


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/16/2014) Need a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 21 (Aug. 18-24)? Kurt Suzuki, Billy Butler, Kolten Wong, Martin Prado, Danny Santana and Kole Calhoun might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Billy Butler homers, drives in three runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 4-2 win over the Giants Friday.

Butler began the game with a monster two-run, first-inning home run to left field that traveled an estimated 437 feet. He then broke a 2-2 tie with his RBI single in the sixth. Butler has gone 11 for 19 in his last five games, boosting his line to .279/.328/.389 with seven home runs and 47 RBI in 409 at-bats.


Billy Butler falls triple short of cycle in Tuesday rout


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Embattled Royals first baseman Billy Butler continued to emerge from a slump Tuesday night with an offensive explosion in Arizona.

Butler singled in the third, slammed a three-run homer in the fifth, singled in the sixth and doubled and scored in the ninth. He has seven hits in his last two games after suffering through a 1-for-17 slide. It was his first four-hit game since he smacked five hits on Sept. 5 against Seattle.


Billy Butler back in funk and back on bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Ned Yost said after Billy Butler tore it up against Cleveland last weekend that the designated hitter would be in the lineup for the Royals as long as he continued to hit.

Well, Butler did not continue to hit this week and is out of the lineup for the Thursday night game against Minnesota. Butler is hitless in the first two games of the series. His stat line sits at a mediocre .271/.323/.366.


Ned Yost: Billy Butler is our DH if he continues to hit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is still under the miscroscope despite his recent surge. He must keep hitting to remain a starter.

"If Billy keeps hitting, Billy's going to DH," Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star.

Butler played the role of hero in the weekend series against Cleveland with six hits, including two home runs, and five RBI to help his team win three of four. But he took the collar Tuesday night.


Billy Butler slugs fifth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Royals first baseman Billy Butler went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-5 win over the Indians Saturday.

Butler hit his second home run in as many days Saturday, and he made his fifth appearance at first base over the past week as Eric Hosmer continues to nurse a hand injury. Butler has hit .268/.322/.363 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 369 at-bats.


Embattled Billy Butler blasts off to play hero in victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Royals designated hitter Billy Butler has lost his full-time starting job, so he took out his frustration on a baseball in the eighth inning of a Friday night win against Cleveland.

Butler ripped a John Axford pitch an estimated 455 feet into the left field seats for his fourth home run. The two-run rocket broke a 4-4 tie and proved to be the game-winner. The pinch-hit gave him just four hits in his last 24 at-bats.


Frequent benchings begin as Billy Butler out of Friday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Despite the continued absence of injured Eric Hosmer from the Royals lineup Friday against Cleveland, designated hitter Billy Butler is not playing. That indicates how far he has fallen in the eyes of Ned Yost.

Yost has already announced that Butler will be losing playing time. The one-time slugger has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats and owns a stat line of .264/.319/.343 that pales in comparison to those compiled in seasons past.


Royals announce DH plans for coming days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Billy Butler will lose some time as a designated hitter moving forward, the Kansas City Star reports Thursday. Yost is expected to give Danny Valencia and Raul Ibanez some reps at DH in the near future.

Billy Butler out, Danny Valencia in Wednesday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Royals have benched designated hitter Billy Butler on Wednesday against the White Sox in favor of Danny Valencia. Butler continues to struggle, particularly in regard to his power numbers. He has just one home run since June 14 and three doubles since June 19. His .267/.320/.347 stat line pales in comparison to those he has compiled in previous seasons.